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n Health SA Gesondheid - Knowledge and perceptions of pharmacy students towards training in complementary and alternative health care : research

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Abstract

Komplementêre en Alternatiewe Gesondheidsorg (KAG) is die hoofbron van gesondheidsorg vir meer as 70% van die wêreld se bevolking. Die doel was om die kennis en persepsies van voorgraadse aptekerswesestudente ten opsigte van KAG te bepaal, asook om hulle opleidingsbehoeftes vas te stel. 'n Vraelysopname is onder voorgraadse aptekerswesestudente in Suid-Afrika gedurende Oktober 2002 uitgevoer. Altesaam 160 vraelyste is ontleed. Senior studente het KAG meer akkuraat as eerste- en tweedejaarstudente gedefinieer. Twintig KAG terapieë is gelys, en studente is versoek om eerstens hulle kennisvlak, en tweedens hulle gebruik, van die terapieë aan te dui. Hulle het die meeste kennis van kruiemedisyne (95.0%), massering (90.6%), tradisionele Afrika-medisyne (81.3%) en dieetterapie (81.3%) gehad. Massering was die terapie wat die meeste gebruik is (58.1%), gevolg deur kruiemedisyne (45.0%). Ayurveda, iridologie, kolon-irrigasie en naturopatie was die terapieë wat die minste gebruik is. Deelnemers het aangedui dat KAG in die derde en vierde jaar van die B Pharm-graad ingesluit behoort te word. 'n Behoefte aan die opleiding van voorgraadse aptekerswesestudente in die basiese beginsels van KAG, en vir voortgesette onderrigkursusse in KAG, is geïdentifiseer. Die kennis van aptekerswesestudente in verband met KAG is tans onvoldoende. End

Complementary and Alternative Health Care (CAHC) is the primary source of health care for over 70% of the world's population. The aim was to determine the knowledge and perceptions of undergraduate pharmacy students towards CAHC, as well as to establish their training needs for CAHC. A questionnaire survey was conducted amongst undergraduate pharmacy students during October 2002 at a South African pharmacy school. A total of 160 questionnaires were analysed. Senior students more accurately defined CAHC than first-and second-year students. Twenty CAHC therapies were listed and participants were asked to firstly indicate their level of knowledge, and secondly, their usage of these therapies. They were most knowledgeable with respect to herbalism (95.0%), massage (90.6%), traditional African medicine (81.3%) and diet therapy (81.3%). Massage was the therapy most often used (58.1%), followed by herbalism (45.0%). Ayurveda, iridology, colonic irrigation and naturopathy were the least often used therapies. Participants indicated that CAHC should be included in the third and fourth year of the B Pharm degree. A need for undergraduate pharmacy students to be trained in the basic principles of CAHC, and for continuing education courses in CAHC, was identified. The current knowledge of pharmacy students regarding CAHC is inadequate. End

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2005-06-01
2016-12-09
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