A Survey of Dietary Supplement Knowledge, Attitudes, and Use in a Rural PopulationChristopher Owens*, Tiffanie Toone and Michelle Steed-Ivie
Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, Pocatello, Idaho, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Christopher Owens
Idaho State University College of Pharmacy
Pocatello, Idaho, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 14, 2014; Accepted date: August 21, 2014; Published date: August 23, 2014
Citation: Owens C, Toone T, Steed-Ivie M (2014) A Survey of Dietary Supplement Knowledge, Attitudes, and Use in a Rural Population. J Nutr Food Sci 4:304. doi: 10.4172/2155-9600.1000304
Copyright: © 2014 Owens C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Dietary supplements, including vitamins and herbal products, are often used to treat self-diagnosed conditions and/or to promote health. We conducted a community-based survey in a rural population to assess consumers’ knowledge, practices, and attitudes regarding the use of dietary supplements. A total of 526 adults (≥ 18 years) completed the survey. Information collected included product(s) used, frequency and use in combination with prescription or over-the-counter medications, and perceptions of efficacy and safety. Most respondents (71.5%) indicated a preference for dietary supplements over conventional pharmaceuticals to maintain health. Most (71.1%) reported daily or almost daily use of conventional pharmaceuticals use as well. Most respondents (>86%) indicated they were comfortable discussing the use of supplements with their physician or pharmacist; there was weaker agreement regarding perceived potential for drug-supplement interactions or adverse effects, indicating that these issues may be under-recognized. These results indicate that dietary supplements are often used in combination with pharmaceuticals and there is continuing need for clinicians to assess patients’ use of these products and to provide direction for their appropriate place in therapy.