Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of General Practitioners toward Complementary and Alternative Medicine: a Cross-Sectional Study
Orientation of public and physicians to the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is one of the most prominent symbols of structural changes in the health service system. The aim of his study was a determination of knowledge, attitude, and practice of general practitioners in complementary and alternative medicine. This cross- sectional study was conducted in Qazvin, Iran in 2013. A self-administered questionnaire was used for collecting data including four information parts: population information, physicians’ attitude and knowledge, methods of getting information and their function. A total of 228 physicians in Qazvin comprised the population of study according to the deputy of treatment’s report of Qazvin University of Medical Sciences. A total of 150 physicians were selected randomly, and SPSS Statistical program was used to enter questionnaires’ data. Results were analyzed as descriptive statistics and statistical analysis. Sixty percent of all responders were male. About sixty (59.4) percent of articipating practitioners had worked less than 10 years. 96.4 percent had a positive attitude towards complementary and alternative medicine. Knowledge of practitioners about traditional medicine in 11 percent was good, 36.3% and 52.7% had average and little information, respectively. 17.9% of practitioners offered their patients complementary and alternative medicine for treatment. Although there was little knowledge a ong practitioners about traditional medicine and complementary approaches, a significant percentage of them had attitude higher than the lower limit.
Zollman C, Vickers A. User and practitioners of complementary medicine. BM J 1999;319: 836-8.
Schimpff SC. Complementary medicine. Curr Opin Oncol 1997;9(4):327-31.
Sutton AL, editor. Complementary and alternative medicine source book. 4th ed. Pennsylvania: Omnigraphics Inc; 2010: p.4-20.
Mousavizadeh K, Ansari H. Complementary/Alternative medicine and medical education Persian. Payesh 2008;7(4):329-36.
Ansari H. Making Transnational Connections: Muslim Networks in Early Twentieth-Century Britain. In: Clayer N, Germain E, editors. Islam in Inter-war Europe. 1st ed. London: Hurst; 2008: p. 31-63.
Esmail N. Complementary and alternative medicine in Canada: Trends in Use and Public Attitudes, 1997-2006. The Fraser Institute. (Acceseed in May 2015, 2, at http://www.fraserinstitute.org/publicationdisplay.aspx?id= 12941).
Hunt KJ, Coelho HF, Wider B, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine use in England: results from a national survey. Int J Clin Pract 2010;64(11):1496-502.
Xue CC, Zhang AL, Lin V, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine use in Australia: a national population-based survey. J Altern Complement Med 2007;13(6):643-50.
Yamashita H, Tsukayama H, Sugishita C. Popularity of complementary and alternative medicine in Japan: a telephone survey. Complement Ther Med 2002;10(2):84-93.
Sajadian AS, Kaviani A, Montazeri A, et al. Compelimentary medicine use among Iranian cancer patients. Payesh 2005;4(3):197-205
Sedighi ZH, Maftoon F, Moshrefi M. Compelimentary and alternative medicine (CAM): knowledge; attitude and practice in Tehran, Iran. Payesh 2004;3(4):279-89.
Rezaezadeh H. Strategy of traditional medicine [Dissertation]. Tehran: Tehran Univ Med Sci., 2004.
Goldbeck-Wood S, Dorozynski A, Lie LG. Complementary medicine is booming worldwide. BMJ 1996;313(7050):131-3.
WoodHam APD, editor. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. 3rd ed. London: Dorling Kindersly; 2012.
Eisenberg DM, Davis RB, Ettner SL, et al. Trends in alternative medicine use in the United States, 1990-1997: Results of a follow-up national survey. JAMA 1998;280(18):1569-75.
Mohammadkhani H. Glossary of traditional medicine. Tehran: Daroteb Press; 2003.
Azin SA, Nouraei SM, Moshkani ZS. Complementary/ alternative medicine: knowledge, attitudes and practice among general practitionor in Tehran. Payesh 2002;2(3):165-73.
Yeo AS, Yeo JC, Yeo C, et al. Perceptions of complementary and alternative medicine amongst medical students in Singapore--a survey. Acupunct Med 2005;23(1):19-26.
Uzun O, Tan M. Nursing students' opinions and knowledge about complementary and alternative medicine therapies. Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery 2004;10(4):239-44.
Chan PS, Wong MM. Physicians and complementaryalternative medicine: Training, attitudes, and practices in Hawaii. Hawaii Med J 2004;63(6):176-81.
Koh HL, Teo HH, Ng HL. Pharmacists' patterns of use, knowledge, and attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine. J Altern Complement Med 2003;9(1):51-63.
Tehrani-Banihashemi S, Asghari-fard H, Haghdost A, et al. Application of complimentery and traditional medicine in Tehran city. Payesh 2005;7(4):355-60.
Konefal J. The challenge of educating physicians about complementary and alternative medicine. Acad Med2002;77(9):847-50.
Corbin Winslow L, Shapiro H. Physicians want education about complementary and alternative medicine to enhance communication with their patients. Arch Intern Med2002;162(10):1176-81.
Silverstein DD, Spiegel AD. Are physicians aware of the risks of alternative medicine? J Community Health 2001;26(3):159-74.
Chez RA, Jonas WB, Crawford C. A survey of medical students' opinions about complementary and alternative medicine. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2001;185(3):754-7.
Marcus DM. How should alternative medicine be taught to medical students and physicians? Acad Med 2001;76(3):224-9.
Tasaki K, Maskarinec G, Shumay DM, et al. Communication between physicians and cancer patients about complementary and alternative medicine exploring patients' perspectives. Psychooncology 2002;11(3):212-20.
Spencer JW, Jocobs JJ, editors. Complementary/Alternative medicine: An evidence based approach. 1st ed. USA: Mosby; 1999.
Wetzel MS, Kaptchuk TJ, Haramati A, et al.Complementary and alternative medicine. Implication for medical education. Ann Intern Med 2003;138(3):191-60.
Greenfield SM, Innes MA, Allan TF, et al. First year medical students' perceptions and use of complementary and alternative medicine. Complement Ther Med 2002;10(1):27-32.
Mirzaei V, Saiadi AR, Heydarinasab M. Knowledge and attitudes of Rafsanjan GP toward CAM. ZJMS 2011;13(6):20-4.
Shafia S, Hemati ZH, Meshkini L, et al. Evaluation of physician's attitude and knowledge. J Med Univ Mazandaran 2008;18(66):102-3.
Banaiyan S, Rasti Borujeni M, Shirmardi SA, et al. Knowledge and attitude of physicians about cupping in Chaharmahal va Bakhtiari province, 2007. J Shahrekord Univ Med Sci 2009:10(4):19-24.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.