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The Knowledge And Attitudes Of The Non-Health Worker Citizens And Physicians About Traditional And Complementary Medicine: A Cross-Sectional Study

Süleyman Görpelioğlu, Reyhan Tekin, Cenk Aypak

Date of submission: 10.02.2021 / Date of acceptance: 09.06.2021

ABSTRACT

Aim: Healthcare professionals will set an example to society with their behaviors about CAM (Traditional andComplementary Medicine) usage. We aimed to investigate and compare the knowledge and attitudes of the society and physicians about Traditional and Complementary MedicineCAM in order to create an infrastructure for medical trainings.

Methods: In this cross-sectional descriptive study "Turkish Version of Complementary, Alternative and Conventional Medicine (CAM) Attitude Scale" were was used for data collection.

Results: A total of 392 physicians and 438 citizens participated in the study. Among all participants, 36.9% had used a Traditional and Complementary Medicine method before and the most used method was phytotherapy. There wasis a significant difference between groups in terms of the level of knowledge. Surprisingly no significant difference was found between physicians and the public in the "Dissatisfaction with Modern Medicine" subgroup.

Conclusion: Although there are were differences in the level of knowledge between the public and physicians, it wais seen that the behavioral patterns weare similar to each other. This situation suggests that physicians are also influenced by the society they live in, rather than scientific data, in their decisions about Traditional and Complementary Medicine. Being as a role model to the public, physicians are responsible for providing evidence-based answers to questions about CAM, and Traditional and Complementary Medicine and should receive adequate training about methods.

Keywords: complementary medicine, therapeutic use, evidence-based practice, knowledge, physicians, knowledge, evidence-based practice