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KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS IN IMAM ABDULRAHMAN BIN FAISAL UNIVERSITY, DAMMAM, KSA 2019

Abdulrahman almehrij, Fawaz almulhim, Mohamed Ali Alamin, Areej althebaiti, Ghada alyousif

Background: Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) has been outlined as a ‘cluster of numerous medical and health care systems, practices and merchandise thataren’t presently thought of to be a part of conventional medicine.’ In the last decade, there has been a global upsurge in the use of CAM in both developed and developing countries. Methods: The study included medical students in imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam 2019. The self-administered survey was adapted from previous studies. SPSS was used to analyse data. Results: The total number of respondents was 344 students of them 42.8% were males and 57.2% were females. About 18% of the respondents agreed (or strongly agreed) that CAM is a risk to public health, while 47% disagreed (or strongly disagreed) to this statement. More than 60% of the respondents agreed that CAM and modern medicine should be integrated. Significant positive association between age and perception of CAM as a risk to public health (p=0.004). Conclusion: We found that most of the students exhibited confidence in CAM not being a threat to the public health. Significant association could be noted between the age, academic year of students, and their acceptance of CAM as a safe option for public health. Students were likely to accept and promote CAM originating from religious background.

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