Volume 2, Issue 3 (JULY 2003)                   Payesh 2003, 2(3): 169-177 | Back to browse issues page

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Abstract:   (4547 Views)
Objective(s): To investigate about knowledge, attitudes and practice among general practitioners m
Tehran, Iran.
Material & Methods: Using a short questionnaire 339 physicians were entered into the study. The subjects were approached during the 13 compulsatory postgraduate courses.
Results: The study findings indicate that 84.9% of general practitioners believe that the use of alternative therapies is mounting yearly and herbal medicine, cupping and acupuncture (respectively) are the most common methods being used.
There were at least 9.9% of physicians using one or more methods of complementary medicine in practice
and 24% of them had referred their patients to alternative therapist during the last 6 months. The knowledge of the majority of general practitioners about the most of the common procedures was very limited. Physicians besides having emphasis on supervision of such activities, disagree strongly with these methods being performed by non-physicians.
Conclusion:   Overall physicians had positive attitudes toward usefulness of complementary methods. However, there is need to improve their knowledge on the topic.
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type of study: Research | Subject: Medical
Accepted: 2018/11/28 | Published: 2003/07/15