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General practitioners' attitudes toward complementary therapies

Author(s): Tranter, B., Gill, G.

Journal/Book: Soc Sci Med. 2000; 51: the Boulevard Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford Ox5 1GB, England. Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd. 1555-1561.

Abstract: Attitudes toward complementary therapies were elicited from a postal survey of all identified general practitioners in the state of Tasmania, Australia. Regression analysis of the data indicated that demographic features associated with favourable attitudes were younger age and location in small or single practices. Personal experiences of such therapies or patient endorsement of them were also associated with favourable attitudes. Those who saw the holistic orientation of complementary medicine as an advantage were likely to hold favourable attitudes. Those who saw the cure rate of complementary therapies as problematic and/or had personal knowledge of the harmful effects of such therapies were less likely to have favourable attitudes.

Note: Article Easthope G, Univ Tasmania, Sch Sociol & Social Work, GPO Box 252-17, Hobart, Tas, AUSTRALIA

Keyword(s): complementary medicine; family practitioners' attitudes; Australia; ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE; PREVALENCE; ACCEPTANCE; DOCTORS; CARE

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