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Health SA Gesondheid (Online)

versão On-line ISSN 2071-9736
versão impressa ISSN 1025-9848


VAN RENSBURG, Renaldi; RAZLOG, Radmila  e  PELLOW, Janice. Knowledge and attitudes towards complementary medicine by nursing students at a University in South Africa. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2020, vol.25, pp.1-10. ISSN 2071-9736.

BACKGROUND: The increased popularity of complementary medicine has created the need for patients to receive accurate information from nurses who are front-line healthcare providers. Studies have demonstrated that patients are more likely to discuss other medication and therapy use with nurses, rather than with general practitioners or other health professionals. It is, therefore, important to determine nurses' knowledge and attitudes towards complementary medicineAIM: The aim of this study was to determine nursing students' knowledge and attitudes toward the use of complementary medicineSETTING: The study was conducted with Baccalaureus Curationis (nursing) students registered at a large public university in Gauteng, South AfricaMETHODS: This research utilised a quantitative approach with a prospective, descriptive survey design. A convenience sample comprising registered Baccalaureus Curationis nursing students (n = 202) was utilized. Participants completed a 34-item, paper-and-pencil questionnaire to determine their knowledge, personal use and attitude toward complementary medicine modalitiesRESULTS: Questionnaires were completed by 126 nursing students with 119 questionnaires included for analysis. Despite a reported lack of knowledge regarding complementary medicine and limited personal use, participants had an overall positive attitude towards complementary medicine. Almost half of the participants reported enquiring about its use in history taking and were willing to refer patients to a complementary medicine practitionerCONCLUSION: A positive attitude towards complementary medicine modalities might suggest a willingness from students to improve their knowledge of the various modalities and to refer to a complementary medicine practitioner when indicated

Palavras-chave : Complementary medicine; Nursing students; Knowledge; Attitudes; University.

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