Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among Medical Practitioners

Shetty, Ranjitha S and Kamath, Veena G (2013) Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among Medical Practitioners. Indian Journal of Research and Reports in Medical Sciences, 3 (2). pp. 5-9.

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Background: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is gaining popularity worldwide recently. Aim: The ever-increasing popularity of CAM in the world warrants an in-depth study to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and the use of CAM among allopathic doctors. Methods: A questionnaire based cross-sectional survey was carried out among the medical practitioners of an academic medical center in southern India during April 2011. Consenting participants were requested to complete a semi-structured questionnaire. Results: Most (92%) of the doctors were aware of the term CAM, but only half have heard of “AYUSH”. Twothirds of them believed in CAM. Nearly all doctors were aware of Yoga therapy, of which 71% regarded it to be effective. Half of the doctors opined that CAM is better than allopathy in treating certain cases; is cost effective and carries fewer side effects. Sixty-two percent of doctors would recommend CAM to peers; 39% had recommended to patients. Less than one-third has used CAM on themselves. Majority thought that integrated treatment would be more effective than allopathic treatment alone and there is a need to introduce Integrative Medicine into the medical curriculum. Conclusions: Most doctors were aware of the commonly practiced CAM in the region; believed in CAM; had welcoming attitudes towards CAM. However, only a small proportion have ever sought CAM and recommended CAM along with allopathic treatment to their patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: AYUSH; allopathic treatment; integrative medicine; CAM.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2013 08:59
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2013 08:59

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