Home 2015 - Volume 15 (1) THE GAP BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTION ON EDUCATION IN TRADITIONAL AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE AMONG MEDICAL STAFF IN MALAYSIA
THE GAP BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTION ON EDUCATION IN TRADITIONAL AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE AMONG MEDICAL STAFF IN MALAYSIA PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 12:46

Maihebureti Abuduli1,2, 3 Zaleha Md Isa2, Syed Mohamed Aljunid1

1 United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health, Malaysia

2 Faculty of Community Health, University Kebangsaan Malaysia

3 Xinjiang Uyghur Medical College, Xinjiang, China

ABSTRACT

Although the Ministry of Health Malaysia has been encouraging the practice of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM)1, 2, 3, 4 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 applications5,67,8 Most of the western-trained physicians are ignorant of risk and benefits of T&CM9,10,11. 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.

Keywords: Traditional and Complementary Medicine, knowledge, perception on education, Malaysia.

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