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Table 6 Doctors’ beliefs and attitudes towards herbal medicine

From: Herbal medicine from the perspective of type II diabetic patients and physicians: what is the relationship?

StatementStrongly AgreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly Disagree
Patients use herbs to improve blood glucose level21 (20.0%)54 (51.4%)23 (21.0%)6 (5.7%)1 (1.0%)
Patients use herbs to treat other disease13 (12.4%)46 (43.8%)37 (35.2%)7 (6.7%)2 (1.9%)
Patients use herbs to lose weight8 (7.6%)36 (34.3%)38 (36.2%)19 (18.1%)4 (3.8%)
I ask patients about herbal usage to avoid side effects26 (24.8%)38 (36.2%)26 (24.8%)11 (10.5%)4 (3.8%)
I ask patients about herbal usage to avoid herb-drug interaction29 (27.6%)40 (38.1%)23 (21.9%)10 (9.5%)3 (2.9%)
Not all herbs are safe for diabetic patients59 (56.2%)26 (24.8%)12 (11.4%)3 (2.9%)5 (4.8%)
I recommend herbs for diabetic patients based on scientific information7 (6.7%)21 (20.0%)39 (37.1%)22 (21.0%)16 (15.2%)
I recommend herbs for diabetic patients based on patients’ previous experiences2 (1.9%)11 (10.5%)31 (29.5%)35 (33.3%)26 (24.8%)
Doctor’s awareness about herbal usage reflects positively on patient’s health27 (25.7%)34 (32.4%)21 (20.0%)15 (14.3%)8 (7.6%)
I would refer diabetic patients to a herbal medicine clinic if available13 (12.4%)20 (19.0%)36 (34.3%)25 (23.8%)11 (10.5%)
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