TITLE

Opinions of pharmacists and herbalists on herbal medicine use and receiving herbal medicine education in Jordan

AUTHOR(S)
Basheti, Iman A.; Elayeh, Eman R.; Natour D. B., Dalal B. Al; el Hait, Sami Saqf
PUB. DATE
March 2017
SOURCE
Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research;Mar2017, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p689
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Purpose: To explore the beliefs of herbalists and community pharmacists on receiving educational courses in herbal medicine (HM) use by patients at pharmacy schools. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2014. Herbalists (n = 48) and pharmacists (n = 163) were randomly recruited into the study. Demographic data, beliefs on HM use by patients, and willingness to attend educational courses were collected using a validated questionnaire and one-onone interviews. Results: The majority of the herbalists (n = 37, 77.1%) believed that HMs are highly used in Jordan as alternative or add-on therapy to conventional medications, and the majority (n = 39, 81.3%) reported that they need to be educated on HM use by a professional organization. More than 80% of the pharmacists believed that they need to be experts on HM use and should apply pharmaceutical care for patients buying registered HMs at their pharmacies; a significantly higher proportion of female pharmacists (p = 0.04) agreed with this concept compared to male pharmacists. Conclusion: Both herbalists and pharmacists showed interest in attending educational courses on HM use at pharmacy schools to improve their ability to serve their patients.
ACCESSION #
122475684

 

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