Perceptions and self-use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among Malaysian dental students

Babar, Muneer Gohar, Syed, Shahzad Hasan, Naing, Cho Min and Hamzah, Nur Hidayah Binti (2012) Perceptions and self-use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among Malaysian dental students. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 4 1: E63-E69. doi:10.1016/j.eujim.2011.11.001


Author Babar, Muneer Gohar
Syed, Shahzad Hasan
Naing, Cho Min
Hamzah, Nur Hidayah Binti
Title Perceptions and self-use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among Malaysian dental students
Journal name European Journal of Integrative Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1876-3820
1876-3839
Publication date 2012-03
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.eujim.2011.11.001
Volume 4
Issue 1
Start page E63
End page E69
Total pages 7
Editor Kathi Kemper
Place of publication Jena, Germany
Publisher Urban und Fischer Verlag
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: A high self-use of CAM by medical students has been reported however, studies of CAM use among dental students is limited. The present study assesses the perceptions and self-use of CAM among dental students in Malaysia.
Methods: A cross-sectional study of the perceptions and self-use of CAM among 267 randomly sampled dental students from 1 public and 2 private universities in Malaysia was undertaken using a validated self-administered questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistics were calculated using SPSS® version 18.
Results: Seventy-six percent of the sample reported using CAM at the time of the survey. Of these, 21.7% (58) reported using Complementary Medicine (CM) and 16.5% (44) reported using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). More than half (204, 76.4%) of the participants were currently using CAM while 95.8% (256) had used it previously. Students perceived all types of CAM as effective (mean score ≤ 3). Lack of trained professionals was reported by 64% of the sample as the main barrier to the use of CAM. A majority of students (58.4%, n = 156) reported that friends and family members were their main source of information about CAM. Students supported the integration of CAM education into their dental curriculum (mean score ≤ 3).
Conclusions: Data from this study adds to the understanding of dental students’ current and previous self-use of CAM. The dental students in this study agreed that CAM knowledge is necessary to be a well-rounded professional and supported the integration of CAM education in the dental curriculum.
Keyword Perception
Self-use
Complementary
Alternative
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 15 December 2011. Special issue: Integrity in Integrative medicine.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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