Knowledge and attitude of Rafsanjan physicians about complementary and alternative medicine

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Vahid Mirzaei 1 , * , Ahmad R. Saiadi 2 , Mehdi Heydarinasab 3

1 Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Rafsanjan, Iran.

2 Instructor of Occupational Therapy, School of Nursing, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Rafsanjan, Iran.

3 Student of Medicine, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Rafsanjan, Iran

How to Cite: Mirzaei V, Saiadi A R, Heydarinasab M. Knowledge and attitude of Rafsanjan physicians about complementary and alternative medicine, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2011 ; 13(6):e93831.

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Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 13 (6); e93831
Published Online: May 12, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 20, 2010
Accepted: November 18, 2010

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Abstract

  Background: Alternative or complementary medicine includes models for treatment or prevention of disease, which are different in method or efficacy from current biologic medicine. Interest in alternative and complementary medical practices have increased in recent years. This study has been conducted to determine the knowledge and attitude of the general physicians about complementary and alternative medicine.

  Materials and method: This descriptive study was done on all general physicians of Rafsanjan city (n=80) in a census method. Data were collected by means of questionnaires, which included three parts demographic, knowledge and attitude questions about complementary and alternative medicine. After collecting, the questionnaires, data were collected and entered in SPSS-16 software and were analyzed statistically by means of descriptive statistics (charts and tables) and analytical statistics (Chi-squared and Fisher statistical tests).

  Results: The findings of this study (n=80) showed 53.8% (n=43) had a good knowledge and 5% (n=4) had a positive attitude about complementary and alternative medicine.

  Conclusion: According to the findings of this study, knowledge and positive attitude of general physicians of Rafsanjan about complementary and alternative medicine is low. For promotion of their knowledge, continuous education is needed for proper attitude to be developed

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Knowledge attitude complementary and alternative medicine general physicians

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