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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2015, Volume : 8, Issue : 9
First page : ( 1189) Last page : ( 1196)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2015.00217.6

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Knowledge and Attitude of Medical Students of the UniKL-RCMP, Perak, Malaysia

Haque ATM Emdadul1,*, Lan Audrey Chong Shuk2, Kadir Farrah Hanum Binti Abdul2, Rahman Nadia Asyikin Binti Abdul2, Segaran Theva Sehnnu A/P2, Haque Mainul3,*

1Faculty of Medicine, Royal College of Medicine Perak-Universiti Kuala Lumpur, No. 3, Jalan Greentown, 30450, Ipoh, Malaysia

2Houseman, Ministry of Health Hospitals, Malaysia

3Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Medical Campus, Jalan Sultan Mahmud, 20400, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

*Corresponding Author E-mail: emdad0103@gmail.com

Online published on 28 October, 2015.

Abstract

Introduction

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of an extensive range of ailments from ancient days. The booming popularity of CAM among people all over the world had influenced this research evaluating the knowledge and attitude of the medical students in UniKL RCMP.

Methods

This cross-sectional study was conducted in the first three years of medical students in UniKL-RCMP using questionnaires designed to assess their knowledge and attitude towards CAM therapies in Malaysia.

Results

UniKL RCMP medical students possessed high knowledge on massage, acupuncture and homeopathy compared to other assessed CAM therapies. Overall, the students had the positive attitude towards CAM modalities.

Conclusion

Integration of CAM in medical curriculum will be a measure to increase the knowledge and gain positive attitude towards CAM among medical students as the country is looking forward to the integration of CAM with conventional medicine in the health care system.

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Keywords

Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Knowledge, Attitude, Medical Students, Malaysia.

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