As a conclusion, this study revealed that nursing students were more knowledgeable about CAM, possessed positive attitudes, and more willing to practice CAM compared to medical students. Accessed on 26 October 2010 Kozak LE, Kayes L, Mc Carty R, Walkinshaw C, Congdon S, Kleinberger J, Hartman V, Standish LJ. Joo S, Musselmann B, Miksch A, Rosemann T, Szecenyi J. Yildrim Y, Parlar S, Eyigor S, Sertoz OO, Eyigor C. Use of complementary and alternative medicine by Washington State hospices. The role of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Germany- A focus group study of GPs. Thus it increased patient’s interest to request more information from medical practitioners and nurses who are front health care providers.
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Deeper understanding and acceptable perceptions about CAM among pharmacy students will be fundamental in developing a professional image as providers and advisors on conventional medicines and CAM.
In Malaysia, non-conventional medicines are usually referred to as Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) and are classified into six main types, namely Traditional Malay Medicine (TMM), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Traditional Indian Medicine (TIM), Complementary Medicine (CM), Homeopathy and, recently included, Islamic Medical Practice (IMP) .
In recent years, the popularity of using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as a health care option has increased dramatically all over the world especially in developing countries.
As Malaysian statistics showed an increased in chronic diseases among our population, the demand to consume CAM for healing process as well as in pursuit of health and well-being also has increased. Complementary/alternative therapies and nurse practitioner.
This cross-sectional study was conducted on 500 systematically sampled pharmacy students from two private and one public university.
A validated, self-administered questionnaire comprised of seven sections was used to gather the data.
More than half (57.8%) of the participants were currently using CAM while 77.6% had used it previously.
Among the current CAM modalities used by the students, CM (21.9%) was found to be the most frequently used CAM followed by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (21%).
Majority of them (69.3%) asserted that CAM knowledge is necessary to be a well-rounded professional.
This study reveals a high-percentage of pharmacy students who were using or had previously used at least one type of CAM.
Due to the increasing demand from the public for more information regarding CAM, the understanding, perceptions and self-use of CAM among undergraduate health sciences students have become a topic of interest.