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General practitioners' attitudes toward complementary therapies
journal contributionposted on 2000-11-16, 00:00 authored by G Easthope, B Tranter, Gerard GillGerard Gill
Attitudes toward complementary therapies were elicited from a postal survey of all identified general practitioners in the state of Tasmania, Australia. Regression analysis of the data indicated that demographic features associated with favourable attitudes were younger age and location in small or single practices. Personal experiences of such therapies or patient endorsement of them were also associated with favourable attitudes. Those who saw the holistic orientation of complementary medicine as an advantage were likely to hold favourable attitudes. Those who saw the cure rate of complementary therapies as problematic and/or had personal knowledge of the harmful effects of such therapies were less likely to have favourable attitudes. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.