Paper Information

Journal:   RESEARCHER BULLETIN OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (PEJOUHANDEH)   2003-2004 , Volume 8 , Number 5 (35); Page(s) 343 To 346.
 
Paper: 

PHARMACISTS' KNOWLEDGE TOWARD HERBAL MEDICINE

 
 
Author(s):  MOJAB F., NIKAVAR B.
 
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Abstract: 

Background: The use and sales of herbal medications have increased dramatically over the past several years. Pharmacists are in an ideal position to educate patients about herbal medicines. This study was intended to determine the knowledge of pharmacist regarding herbal medications.
Materials and methods: A survey was distributed to pharmacists at two continuing education programs in Tehran between January and February 2002. The survey evaluated demographic data and IS-item herbal medicine knowledge tests.
Results: Of the 106 pharmacist surveyed, 66.67% practiced in a pharmacy, 11.88% had previous education on herbal medication and 45% accessed to herbal medication information. The average score on the herbal knowledge test was 9.31 (maximum score of 15). Pharmacists with access to herbal medication information scored significantly higher than those who had no access to herbal medication information (p<0.01).
Conclusions: Our results have revealed that pharmacists with access to herbal medication information were more knowledgeable about these products. With the increasing use of herbal medications, there is a greater need for pharmacy training programs in this area.

 
Keyword(s): HERBAL MEDICINE, PHARMACISTS KNOWLEDGE
 
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