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  • Altern Integr Med 2017, Vol 7(1): 256
  • DOI: 10.4172/2327-5162.1000256

Health Care and Social Work Student’s: Choice between Complementary and Alternative Medicine or Conventional Medicine on a 5 Point Severity Scale of Diseases

Andrea Sárváry1*, Péter Takács2 and Attila Sárváry3
1Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, University of Debrecen, Nyíregyháza, Hungary
2Department of Informatics, Faculty of Health, University of Debrecen, , Nyíregyháza, Hungary
3Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health, University of Debrecen, Nyíregyháza, Hungary
*Corresponding Author : Andrea Sárváry, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, University of Debrecen, Nyíregyháza, Hungary, Tel: +36 42 404 411/147, Fax: +36 42 598 234, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Dec 07, 2017 / Accepted Date: Dec 14, 2017 / Published Date: Jan 22, 2018

Abstract

Background: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is still popular worldwide. This study investigates and compares the choices of health care and social work students between CAM and conventional medicine (COM) on a 5 point severity scale of diseases.
Methods: In a cross-sectional survey 595 (49.6% response rate) health care and social work students at the University of Debrecen, Faculty of Health completed the questionnaire. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: The more serious the disease was, the frequency of primarily COM and secondly CAM increased (from 37.1% up to 62.4%), while it decreased in only COM (from 26.2% to 23.5%), in primarily CAM and secondly COM (from 28.7% to 10.8%), in only CAM (from 7.9% to 3.2%). Significantly more health care than social work students chose only COM on moderate level (34.0% vs. 24.2%; p<0.05) Significantly more social work than health care students chose primarily COM and secondly CAM on moderate, serious and the most serious levels (62.9% vs. 49.9%; 69.4% vs. 58.8%; 71.8% vs. 59.9%; p<0.05). Significantly more males than females chose only COM on the most serious level (36.4% vs. 21.6%; p<0.05). Significantly more females than males chose only CAM on the mildest level (8.9% vs. 1.3%, p<0.05) and primarily COM and secondly CAM on serious and the most serious levels (62.7% vs. 49.4%, 63.9% vs. 51.9%; p<0.05).
Conclusions: Our results suggest that beside conventional medicine most health care and social work students consider CAM to be an important element of healing process, although social work students are more open towards the combined use of CAM and conventional medicine. Our results supported that females have more positive attitudes towards CAM than males.

Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine; Conventional medicine; Health care: Social work students

Citation: Sarvary A, Takacs P, Sarvary A (2017) Health Care and Social Work Student’s: Choice between Complementary and Alternative Medicine or Conventional Medicine on a 5 Point Severity Scale of Diseases. Altern Integr Med 6: 256. Doi: 10.4172/2327-5162.1000256

Copyright: © 2017 Sarvary A, 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.

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