Attitudes towards complementary and alternative medicine among pharmacy faculty and students

M. Harris, Richard L. Kingston, Raquel Rodriguez, Veena Choudary

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Abstract

Objectives. To determine pharmacy faculty members' and students' attitudes and perceptions regarding the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Methods. A survey was used to obtain data on the following information concerning CAM: general attitudes, perceived barriers to use, training received and desired, personal use, and information sources used. Results. In general, attitudes of pharmacy faculty members and students towards CAM were positive. Lack of evidence for CAM practices was considered the greatest barrier to the use of CAM by faculty members and students. Many CAM therapies were perceived to be effective. A high percentage of students desire more training in the areas of herbal medicine and nutritional supplements. Faculty members and students believe that CAM should be included in the curriculum. Conclusions. General attitudes towards CAM are positive among pharmacy faculty members and students, and most believe that CAM should be taught in the pharmacy curriculum. More resources and training of faculty members may be necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number129
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Volume70
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Faculty
  • Students

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