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THE KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES OF THE NON-HEALTH WORKER CITIZENS AND PHYSICIANS ABOUT TRADITIONAL AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY
REYHAN TEKİN, SÜLEYMAN GORPELİOGLU, CENK AYPAK, OZLEM SUVAK, CANAN EMİROGLU
Eurasian Journal of Family Medicine - 2021;10(3):107-114
Department of Family Medicine, University of Health Sciences, Ankara Diskapi Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Aim: Healthcare professionals will set an example to society with their behaviors about Traditional and Complementary Medicine usage. We aimed to investigate and compare the knowledge and attitudes of society and physicians about Traditional and Complementary Medicine to create an infrastructure for medical training. Methods: In this cross-sectional descriptive study "Turkish Version of Complementary, Alternative and Conventional Medicine Attitude Scale" was used for data collection. Results: A total of 392 physicians and 438 citizens participated in the study. Among all participants, 36.9% had used a Traditional and Complementary Medicine method before and the most used method was phytotherapy. There was a significant difference between groups in terms of the level of knowledge. Surprisingly no significant difference was found between physicians and the public in the "Dissatisfaction with Modern Medicine" subgroup. Conclusion: Although there were differences in the level of knowledge between the public and physicians, it was seen that the behavioral patterns were similar to each other. This situation suggests that physicians are also influenced by the society they live in, rather than scientific data, in their decisions about Traditional and Complementary Medicine. Being as a role model to the public, physicians are responsible for providing evidence-based answers to questions about Traditional and Complementary Medicine and should receive adequate training about methods.

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