Alrashidi et al
Greener Journal of Medical Sciences Vol. 3 (3), pp. 079-084, April 2013.
Manuscript Number: 011313375
Knowledge and Attitudes of Complementaryand Alternative Medicine among GeneralPractitioners in Farwaniya Health Region,Kuwait
*1Alrashidi, F.E., 2Sarkhou, N.N. and 3Alotaibi, M.S.
1Al-Firdous Primary Health Care Center, Al-Farwaniya Health Region
2Al-Qurain Family Center, Al-Ahmadi Health Region
3Al-Rashed Allergy Center
*Corresponding Author’s Email: faisal2249 @ windowslive. com
Objective: Our objective is to study the knowledge and attitudes of General Practitioners (GPs) in primary health care centers in Farwaniya health region towards Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).
Design: A cross-sectional study using a structured self-administered questionnaire for data collection to a random sample of 88 general practitioners working in primary health care centers in Farwaniya health region was carried out.
Results: Data of 88 GPs Was analyzed. The majority of the GPs (78.4%) stated that their knowledge about Cam therapy was poor. Self-reported knowledge about specific CAM therapies was highest for herbal and acupuncture (33.0%), and was the lowest for chiropractic (2.3%). The great majority of the GPs (86.4%) were interested in attending future courses in CAM. Around 90.9% favored CAM as a useful supplement to conventional medicine. Most of the respondents (90.9%) agreed that CAM should be regulated and practiced in Kuwait.
Conclusion: The results of our study show that most GPs did not feel qualified to make use of CAM. It suggests that Knowledge about CAM among GPs in Farwaniya Health Region is not as widespread as the public demand seems to require. Clearly most GPs need more training and resources about CAM.
Keywords: General Practitioners, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Attitudes, Knowledge.
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