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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 209-218

Development and validation of a Prototype Prakriti Analysis Tool (PPAT): Inferences from a pilot study

1 Associate Professor, Department of Pancha Karma, State Ayurvedic College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Oral Biology & Medicine, and Associated Clinical Specialties (joint), UCLA School of Dentistry, CHS 63-090, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668, USA

Correspondence Address:
Sanjeev Rastogi
Department of Pancha Karma, State Ayurvedic College, Tulsi Das Marg, Lucknow - 226003, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.105240

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Prakriti , for its tangible impacts upon decision making in Ayurvedic clinical practice, requires a thorough and fool-proof method of examination. Conventional methods adopted for Prakriti examination are found inconsistent with huge inter- and intra-rater inference variability. By observing the gaps in the field, the present study aims to develop a prototype Prakriti analysis tool and its evaluation on inter-rater validity grounds. The study observes that Vata and Pitta constructs of Prakriti identification in Ayurveda have a significant inter-rater correlation (P < 0.001 and P < 0.01), whereas Kapha has less (P < 0.02) correlation. It is inferred that for less correlated variables like those of Kapha, a better understanding is required to reach a better consensus.

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