A large-sample survey of first- and second-year medical student attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine in the curriculum and in practice
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

PURPOSE: To assess attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and its place in the medical school curriculum and medical practice among preclinical students at Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM), Washington, DC. METHOD: Two-hundred sixty-six first-year (n=111) and second-year (n=155) medical students rated their attitudes toward CAM and 15 CAM modalities in terms of personal use, inclusion in the curriculum, and use/utility in clinical practice. RESULTS: Nearly all (91%) students agreed that "CAM includes ideas and methods from which Western medicine could benefit"; more than 85% agreed that "knowledge about CAM is important to me as a student/future practicing health professional"; and more than 75% felt that CAM should be included in the curriculum. Among all students, the most frequently indicated level of desired training was "sufficient to advise patients about use," for 11 of the 15 modalities. The greatest level of training was wanted for acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, and nutritional supplements. The descriptions of CAM in future clinical practice that occurred most frequently were endorsement, referral, or provision of acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, herbal medicine, massage, nutritional supplements, prayer, and meditation. CONCLUSIONS: Interest in and enthusiasm about CAM modalities was high in this sample; personal experience was much less prevalent. Students were in favor of CAM training in the curriculum to the extent that they could provide advice to patients; the largest proportions of the sample planned to endorse, refer patients for, or provide 8 of the 15 modalities surveyed in their future practice.

Author(s): 
Chaterji, Ranjana
Tractenberg, Rochelle E.
Amri, Hakima
Lumpkin, Michael
Amorosi, Sharon B. W.
Haramati, Aviad
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Journal Abbreviation: 
Altern Ther Health Med
Publication Date: 
2007-02
Publication Year: 
2007
Pages: 
30-35
Volume: 
13
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
1078-6791
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 17283739 PMCID: PMC4371739

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Ranjana Chaterji, Rochelle E. Tractenberg, Hakima Amri, Michael Lumpkin, Sharon B. W. Amorosi and Aviad Haramati. 2007-02. "A large-sample survey of first- and second-year medical student attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine in the curriculum and in practice." Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 13: 1: 30-35.

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