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Herbal medicines: predictors of recommendation by physicians.
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PMID:  15153085     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that as the use of herbal medicines increases in the general population, so do patients' requests to physicians for recommendations. However, why some physicians recommend herbal medicines while others do not is not well understood. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors, which predict recommendation of herbal medicines by physicians. DESIGN, LOCATION, SUBJECTS: Face-to-face interview using a structured questionnaire of 206 physicians working at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia. RESULTS: About a third (206 of 626) of the physicians in the Centre participated. Only nine of the 215 approached refused to participate. Forty physicians (19%) recommended herbal medicines to patients. Logistic regression modelling identified personal use, general interest, interest in receiving training, race and higher level of medical training as significant predictors of physicians recommending herbal medicines. CONCLUSIONS: Physicians' personal attributes and training influence their likelihood of recommending herbal medicines.
Z Aziz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0269-4727     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Pharm Ther     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-21     Completed Date:  2005-01-06     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704308     Medline TA:  J Clin Pharm Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  241-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Evidence-Based Pharmacotherapy, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Continental Population Groups / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data
Education, Medical / trends
Health Care Surveys / methods
Herbal Medicine / trends*
Hospitals, Teaching
Interviews as Topic
Physician's Practice Patterns / trends*
Physicians / statistics & numerical data
Plants, Medicinal

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