DEVELOPMENT AND STANDARDIZATION OF HEALTH STATUS ASSESSMENT TOOL BASED ON AYURVEDIC PARAMETERS W.S.R TO DATHU SAMYA LAKSHNA
Background: Dathu Samya Lakshana are the criteria to know physical and mental well being in Ayurveda. The contemporary science has standardized health assessment questionnaire which is based on the health parameters told by WHO. We get many references for the features of healthy person in Ayurveda, but no standardized questionnaire for health assessment has been worked out so far. This study was planned with the objective to develop, validate and standardize a questionnaire to assess improvement in health status based on Ayurvedic Parameters. Materials and Methods: A qualitative research that involved interview method and simple random sampling. The prepared questionnaire was distributed to 250 apparently healthy subjects and their response was documented. Tables of frequency and percentage were framed on the basis of responses to individual items. Suitable statistical methods were used for analysis. Results: Cronbach’s alpha value for two domains viz., physical health and mental health values are 0.936, and 0.725 respectively and over all alpha value was 0.942. The KMO values for the two domains were 0.605 and 0.610 respectively indicating sampling adequacy. Conclusion: The questionnaire can be used as a tool to assess health status according to Ayurveda and thus fulfils the gap.