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Research Article

Medical Students Knowledge and Perception Regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Firdous Jahan1*, Mustafa Manhal Al-Ward1, Muhammad A Siddiqui2 and Maryam Abdul-Jabar Al-Khouri1
1Department Family Medicine, Oman Medical College, Oman
2School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK
Corresponding Author : Firdous Jahan
Associate professor
Head of the Department Family Medicine(FAMCO)
Oman Medical College, Sohar-391, Al Tareef
Sohar- Sultanate of Oman, Oman
Tel: +968-26844004
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: June 14, 2015 Accepted: August 14, 2015 Published: August 17, 2015
Citation: Jahan F, Al-Ward MM, Siddiqui MA, Al-Khouri MAJ (2015) Medical Students Knowledge and Perception Regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine. J Health Edu Res Dev 3:135. doi:10.4172/2380-5439.1000135
Copyright: © 2015 Jahan F, 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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Abstract

Objective

The purpose of the study was to identify knowledge and perception of medical students regarding complementary and alternative medicine therapy (CAM).

Background

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is growing field in medicine, which can be a useful resource to improve the quality of life. Medical students should be aware of these modalities available freely for the patient as over the counter medicine.

Methods

A cross- sectional survey based study carried out on 6th and 7th year medical students (clinical years). Data was collected on self-administered questionnaire in which core elements were divided-Knowledge and Perception about CAM and Knowledge regarding Herbs used as Pain Killer. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS (IBM SPSS Statistics 20.0). Data were expressed in frequencies, mean and percentages.

Results

Less than a half (44.9%) of the participants were 7th year and (55.1%) were 6th year students. Majority of the students (80.5%) were Omani 53 (45%) of study participants were below 25 years in age and 101 (85.6%) were female. No difference was observed between 6th and 7th year students (p-0.516, 95% CI-1.74-3.31), significant difference (p-0.009, 95% CI 1.25-8.44). Significant difference was observed (p-0.009, 95% CI-7.45-1.08) between Omani and non-Omani participants. Students possess adequate knowledge about CAM and positive approach in clinical practice but overall they have poor knowledge about herb as pain killer.

Conclusion

Students in clinical years have positive approach towards CAM and their knowledge is adequate in general but they have poor knowledge regarding herbs used as pain killer.

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