Attitudes of Alberta Pharmacists Pertaining to Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice and Complementary Alternative Medicine
|Kathie Tam and Hoan Linh Banh*|
|Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, 1706 College Plaza, 8215 112th Street, Edmonton, AB, T5S 1K9, Canada|
|Corresponding Author :||Hoan Linh Banh
Department of Family Medicine
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Alberta
1706 College Plaza, 8215 112th Street
Edmonton, AB, T5S 1K9, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received April 16, 2014; Accepted May 13, 2014; Published May 20, 2014|
|Citation: Tam K, Banh HL (2014) Attitudes of Alberta Pharmacists Pertaining to Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice and Complementary Alternative Medicine. J Pharma Care Health Sys 1:108. doi:10.4172/jpchs.1000108|
|Copyright: © 2014 Tam K, 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.|
Objective: To evaluate the perceived attitudes toward the use of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by pharmacists in Alberta
Methods: An online survey was created using Google Documents®. The URL link was distributed to all registered pharmacists through Alberta College of Pharmacists monthly electronic newsletter “The Link”.
Results: A total of 217 (5%) pharmacists completed the survey. Over half (54%) of pharmacists either approve or strongly approve, 20% either strongly disapproved or disapprove with the use of CAM and TCM. Sixty-four percent of pharmacists felt that they were not prepared to counsel patients regarding CAM and TCM, while 88% of pharmacists agree that TCM and CAM should be integrated in the pharmacy curriculum at the University of Alberta.
Conclusions: Pharmacists felt they are not prepared to counsel patients regarding CAM and TCM. While most pharmacists have a positive attitude towards the use of CAM and TCM, it has also been identified that CAM and TCM courses should be included in the curriculum to better prepare future pharmacists.