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Research Article

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
Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Alberta
1706 College Plaza, 8215 112th Street
Edmonton, AB, T5S 1K9, Canada
Tel: 780-993-1759
Fax: 780-488-2396
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.

Abstract

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.

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