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Table 4 Respondents attitudes towards DS

From: Influence of pharmacological education on perceptions, attitudes and use of dietary supplements by medical students

  MSEP mean (±SD) MSNEP mean (±SD) p-valueb
(1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = neutral/not sure, 4 = agree, 5 = strongly agree)a
DS can be useful for prevention of diseases 4.1 (±1.0) 3.9 (±1.1) 0.093
DS can be useful for treatment of diseases 2.9 (±1.2) 2.6 (±1.2) 0.069
When using DS it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions 4.1 (±1.2) 3.8 (±1.0) 0.053
DS can cause harmful effects 4.1 (±0.9) 3.5 (±1.3) <0.001*
DS adverse reactions should be reported to physicians or pharmacists 4.0 (±1.0) 3.0 (±1.2) <0.001*
DS can be dangerous when combined with drugs 4.2 (±0.8) 3.2 (±1.3) <0.001*
It is important to inform physicians about DS use 3.0 (±1.1) 2.8 (±1.2) 0.115
Physicians should ask patients about DS use, before prescribing drugs 4.2 (±0.9) 4.3 (±1.0) 0.284
  1. aLikert-type scale
  2. b p values determined using Student’s t-test
  3. * p < 0.001 – MSEP vs. MSNEP