The gap between knowledge and perception on education in traditional and complementary medicine among medical staff in Malaysia

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Although the Ministry of Health Malaysia has been encouraging the practice of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM)<sup>1,2,3,4</sup> but patients/clients has not been able to apply it for their need of medical treatments and sometimes it leads to negative outcomes due to lack of knowledge on T&CM and its safe applications<sup>5,6,7,8</sup> Most of the western-trained physicians are ignorant of risk and benefits of T&CM<sup>9,10,11</sup>. This study was aimed to determine the gap between knowledge regarding T&CM and perception on education in T&CM among the medical staffs in five selected hospitals in Malaysia. A cross-sectional survey was done at five public hospitals among medical staff in Malaysia by using quantitative methods. A total of 477 medical staffs were involved in this study. The study showed that the overall knowledge of T&CM among the medical staffs were poor (61.2%). Having good knowledge regarding T&CM were significantly higher in Hospital Duchess of Kent (52%, p =0.001), among the non-Malays (44%, p=0.047) and pharmacists (47.2%, p=0.030). Positive perception on health education in T&CM among medical staffs were high (85.3%) especially among females (88.1%, p=0.002) and pharmacists (93.7%, p<0.001). The use of T&CM among the general population is relatively high in Malaysia and many patients increasingly seek the information on T&CM therapies from medical staffs. Knowledge regarding T&CM was poor in this study because most of the medical staffs have not been exposed to T&CM education. This interesting scenario between poor knowledge and high positive perception on health education in T&CM shows the demand of urgent intervention in educating the medical staffs. We recommend that medical staffs must have some basic education and knowledge about T&CM before they could offer advice to their patients. Doctors are of the utmost important in this regard because they play a very important role in patient care. Providing T&CM education to medical staff may help to integrate T&CM into the mainstream medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Malaysia
Traditional Medicine
Complementary Therapies
Education
Health Education
Pharmacists
Hospital Medical Staffs
Public Hospitals
Patient Care
Cross-Sectional Studies
Medicine
Physicians
Health
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Knowledge
  • Malaysia
  • Perception on education
  • Traditional and complementary medicine

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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