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AUB: New Study on Beliefs, Practices and Knowledge of Community Pharmacists Regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to provide patients with evidence-based information in order to ensure effective and safe use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products. Acknowledging this crucial role, researchers from the Health Management and Policy Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB) – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) Graduate Public Health Program conducted a study with the aim to assess beliefs, practices and knowledge related to CAM products among community pharmacists in Lebanon.

Using stratified random sampling, a nationally representative survey was conducted among community pharmacists in Lebanon. Through face-to-face interviews, pharmacists completed a multicomponent questionnaire consisting of four sections: (1) sociodemographic characteristics; (2) beliefs related to regulation of CAM products, role of media in promoting their safe use, availability of resources and continuing education; (3) practices including selling CAM products, providing advice for patients and reporting adverse effects and (4) knowledge about specific CAM products, their uses, side effects and interactions.

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