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ERIC Number: EJ897110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0896-4289
Intention to Encourage Complementary and Alternative Medicine among General Practitioners and Medical Students
Godin, Gaston; Beaulieu, Dominique; Touchette, Jean-Sebastien; Lambert, Leo-Daniel; Dodin, Sylvie
Behavioral Medicine, v33 n2 p67-77 Sum 2007
The authors' goal was to identify factors explaining intention to encourage a patient to follow complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatment among general practitioners (GPs), fourth-year medical students, and residents in family medicine. They surveyed 500 GPs and 904 medical students via a self-administered mailed questionnaire that they based on the Theory of Planned Behavior. Respondents expressed a neutral level of intention to encourage CAM approach. Variables explaining 75% of variance of intention of all participants were: moral norm, beta = 0.34, p less than 0.0001; perceived behavioral control, beta = 0.29, p less than 0.0001; attitude, beta = 0.22, p less than 0.0001; descriptive norm, beta = 0.13, p less than 0.0001; and professional status, (GPs, beta = -0.07, p less than 0.0001; residents, beta = -0.07, p less than 0.0001). Facilitating conditions and developing a better perception of control over perceived obstacles could help enhance health-care practitioners' intentions to use CAM. Also, a clear position on the part of the medical community would help to define a professional norm in line with the moral norm. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada