Knowledge and practice of complementary medicine amongst public primary care clinic doctors in Kinta district, Perak.

The Medical journal of Malaysia

PubMedID: 15535328

Ismail IA, Chan SC. Knowledge and practice of complementary medicine amongst public primary care clinic doctors in Kinta district, Perak. Med J Malaysia. 2004;59(1):4-10.
The knowledge and practice of doctors (n=40) towards complementary medicine (CM) in 16 health clinics in the Kinta District were assessed by questionnaire. Thirty-four (85%) responded. More than half felt that acupuncture (73.50), homeopathy (59%) and herbal medicine (59%) were occasionally harmful. Forty-four percent felt manipulative therapy was frequently harmful. Relaxation technique (79%) and nutritional therapy (44%) were considered most frequently useful. 59% used some form of CM. There were no significant differences found in usage rates by gender, age group and exposure to CM during undergraduate training. Sixty-seven percent had encouraged patients to seek CM. Seventy-three percent perceived an increasing demand for CM. Eighty-eight percent were in favour of a hospital based CM referral center. Only 6% were trained in CM.