Pharmacy Students’ Use of and Beliefs About Traditional Healthcare
- 199 Downloads
Health professional students come from many different cultural backgrounds, and may be users of traditional healthcare (also known as ethnomedicine or folk medicine). This study aimed to explore New Zealand pharmacy students’ knowledge and beliefs about traditional healthcare, and to examine whether these changed during the course. A questionnaire was administered to students in 2011 and again in 2013. Students were from a wide range of ethnic groups. Their reported use of traditional healthcare increased (from 48 % in 2011 to 61 % in 2013) and was usually for minor illness or prevention. Non New Zealand European students were more likely to use traditional healthcare. Use of traditional healthcare was relatively common, and after exposure to a biomedical curriculum students seemed to be more, rather than less likely to report using traditional healthcare. Education about traditional healthcare should not be based on the assumption that all healthcare students are unfamiliar with, or non-users of, traditional healthcare.
KeywordsTraditional medicine Pharmacy Students New Zealand Cultural competence
We wish to thank the students who participated in the study, and Vicky McLeod and Sarah Wilson for research assistance. No external funding was obtained for the project.
- 1.Bach S. International migration of health workers: labour and social issues. Geneva: International Labour Office; 2003.Google Scholar
- 2.International Organisation for Migration. Facts and figures: global estimates and trends. Geneva, Switzerland; 2013. Cited 30 Mar 2013.Google Scholar
- 6.World Health Organization. Traditional medicine. Geneva, Switzerland; 2008. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs134/en/. Cited 10 May 2013.
- 7.Hatfield G. Encyclopedia of folk medicine: old world and new world traditions. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO; 2004.Google Scholar
- 8.Ball D, Norris P, Enlund H, Tagwireyi D, Awad A. Diversity amongst international pharmacy students. Pharm Educ. 2007(3 Oct).Google Scholar
- 9.Capstick S, Green J, Beresford R. Choosing a course of study and career in pharmacy—student attitudes and intentions across three years at a New Zealand School of Pharmacy. Pharm Educ. 2007;4(15):359–73.Google Scholar
- 10.Cabassa LJ. Measuring acculturation: where we are and where we need to go. Hisp J Behav Sci. 2003;25(2):127–46.Google Scholar
- 11.Tongi L. Exploring medications amongst Tongan households in New Zealand: University of Waikato; 2010.Google Scholar
- 13.Harris I, Kingston R, Rodriguez R, Choudary V. Attitudes towards complementary and alternative medicine among pharmacy faculty and students. Am J Pharm Educ. 2006;70(6):1–8.Google Scholar
- 14.Pokladnikova J, Lie D. Comparison of attitudes, beliefs, and resource-seeking behavior for CAM among first- and third-year czech pharmacy students. Am J Pharm Educ. 2008;72(2):1–6.Google Scholar
- 15.Hussain S, Malik F, Hameed A, Ahmed S, Riaz H, Abbasi N. Pakistani pharmacy students’ perception about complementary and alternative medicine. Am J Pharm Educ. 2012;76(2):1–7. Google Scholar
- 16.Abahussain N, Abahussain E, Al-Oumi F. Pharmacists’ attitudes and awareness towards the use and safety of herbs in Kuwait. Pharm Pract. 2007;5(3):125–9.Google Scholar
- 22.Tiralongo E, Wallis M. Attitudes and perceptions of Australian pharmacy students towards complementary and alternative medicine: a pilot study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2008;8(2):1–9.Google Scholar
- 23.Lie D, Boker J. Development and validation of the CAM Health Belief Questionnaire (CHBQ) and CAM use and attitudes amongst medical students. BMC Med Educ. 2004;4(2):1–9.Google Scholar
- 25.Lie D, Boker J. Comparative survey of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) attitudes, use, and information-seeking behaviour among medical students, residents and faculty. BMC Med Educ. 2006;6(58):1–6.Google Scholar
- 26.Bakx K. The ‘eclipse’ of folk medicine in western society. Sociol Health Illn. 1991;13(1):20–38.Google Scholar