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Table 8 Attitudes towards CAM: n (%)

From: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices among health care providers regarding complementary and alternative medicine in Trinidad and Tobago

  Doctors (n = 77) Nurses (n = 172) Pharmacists (n = 30) Others (n = 83)
Practicing with knowledge of CAM and CM is superior to practicing with only knowledge of CM 40 (51.9) 74 (30.0) 19 (63.3) 36 (43.4)
Incorporation of CAM therapies can result in increased patient satisfaction 43 (55.8) 100 (58.1) 21 (70.0) 53 (63.9)
CAM therapies can assist in fighting illness 40 (51.9) 103 (59.9) 19 (63.3) 49 (59.0)
CAM therapies can promote general health and wellness 48 (62.3) 110 (64.0) 21 (70.0) 53 (63.9)
Medical practitioners should be more educated in the use of CAM 65 (84.4) 43 (83.1) 25 (83.3) 63 (75.9)
Would support incorporation of CAM in the medical curriculum 53 (68.8) 126 (73.3 23 (76.7) 55 (63.3)
Incorporation of CAM therapies into the into the health care system would enhance patient care 46 (59.1) 126 (73.3) 18 (60.0) 52 (62.7)
Would support CAM being introduced in a drug formulary 34 (44.2) 117 (60.8) 16 (53.3) 38 (45.8)
Research on the efficacy and safety of CAM should be performed 63 (81.8) 142 (82.6) 25 (83.3) 66 (75.9)
Provision of wellness centres using CAM and CM would benefit patients 48 (62.3) 132 (76.7) 22 (73.3) 61 (74.4)
  1. CAM complementary and alternative medicine, CM conventional medicine
  2. Data are the number (percentage)