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Table 5 Pharmacy students attitude towards CAM

From: Awareness, use, attitude and perceived need for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) education among undergraduate pharmacy students in Sierra Leone: a descriptive cross-sectional survey

Statements SDA n (%) DA n (%) N n (%) A n (%) SA n (%)
Clinical care should integrate best conventional and CAM practice 2(2.2) 2(2.2) 2(2.2) 51(56.7) 33(36.7)
A patient’s expectations, health beliefs and values should be integrated into the patient care process 6(6.7) 7(7.8) 10(11.1) 42(46.7) 25(27.8)
Complementary therapies include ideas and methods from which conventional medicine could benefit. 2(2.2) 5(5.6) 15(16.7) 51(56.7) 17(18.9)
Treatments not tested in a scientifically recognized manner should be discouraged 14(15.6) 15(16.7) 10(11.1) 17(18.9) 34(37.8)
Complementary therapies are a threat to public health 14(15.6) 40(44.4) 15(16.7) 16(17.8) 5(5.6)
Health and disease are a reflection of balance between positive life-enhancing forces and negative destructive forces 4(4.4) 5(5.6) 26(28.9) 43(47.8) 12(13.3)
Effects of complementary therapies are usually the result of a placebo effect 10(11.1) 16(17.8) 41(45.6) 19(21.1) 4(4.4)
CAM treatment have no true impact on treatment of symptoms, disease conditions 30(33.3) 32(35.6) 20(22.2) 8(8.9) 0(0)
Knowledge of CAM is important to me as a pharmacist 1(1.1) 4(4.4) 4(4.4) 40(44.4) 41(45.6)
Health professional should be able to advise patient on commonly used CAM methods 1(1.1) 3(3.3) 3(3.3) 43(47.8) 40(44.4)
  1. Where SDA = Strongly disagree, DA = Disagree , N = Neutral, A = Agree and SA = Strongly Agree.