HERBAL MEDICINES QUESTIONNAIRE AND EVALUATION OF ATTITUDE, PERCEPTIONS AND SELF-USE AMONG HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN RAK, UAE: PILOT STUDY

  • AMAD M. AL-AZZAWI Ras Al Khaimah College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RAKCOPS), Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Ras Al Khaimah (RAKMHSU), UAE, Currently, Toronto, Canada
  • NEHAD MEHDI College of Pharmacy, GMC, Ajman, Previously, Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Ras Al Khaimah (RAKMHSU), UAE
  • ALYAA G. AL-JUBOORI Department of General Education, Rakmhsu, UAE, Currently, Toronto, Canada, Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Ras Al Khaimah (RAKMHSU), UAE
  • ANAM EJAZ Ninth Semester Students of Rakcops, Rakmhsu, UAE. Currently Licensed Pharmacist,Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Ras Al Khaimah (RAKMHSU), UAE
  • HANEEN ALI Ninth Semester Students of Rakcops, Rakmhsu, UAE. Currently Licensed Pharmacist,Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Ras Al Khaimah (RAKMHSU), UAE
  • OMAR SARHEED Ras Al Khaimah College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RAKCOPS), Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, Ras Al Khaimah (RAKMHSU), UAE

Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the perceptions of different healthcare professionals towards HM.


Methods: The 16-item questionnaire on the belief of health care professionals in herbal medicine was designed by the interdisciplinary task force. Eligible participants were health care providers who were English-and Arabic-literate. The response rate was 78% of participants (781 of 1000) were respondents. In total, 553 out of 781 (71%) participants indicated that they had previously used herbal medicines. The remaining 228 participants did not believe in herbal medicine due to lack of scientific evidence, ineffectiveness and other reasons.


Results: The findings of this study indicate that health care professionals including pharmacists believe they have a responsibility to provide information on HM to their patients. However, the current consensus among the respondents is that current HM-focused knowledge is inadequate for such an application.


Conclusion: Health care professionals believe in using HM for their needs and have a responsibility to provide information on HM to their patients.

Keywords: Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Questionnaire, Health Care Professionals, Attitude, Perceptions

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AL-AZZAWI, A. M., N. MEHDI, A. G. AL-JUBOORI, A. EJAZ, H. ALI, and O. SARHEED. “HERBAL MEDICINES QUESTIONNAIRE AND EVALUATION OF ATTITUDE, PERCEPTIONS AND SELF-USE AMONG HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN RAK, UAE: PILOT STUDY”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 11, no. 3, Feb. 2019, pp. 86-90, doi:10.22159/ijpps.2019v11i3.29945.
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