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Title in Portuguese: Introducing acupuncture to allopathic medical students : a survey of their attitudes and beliefs
Author: Guimarães, Sérgio Botelho
Guimaraes, Isaac Bevilaqua de Albuquerque
Dias, Paulo Araujo
Silva, Agamenon Honorio
Keywords: Terapias Complementares
Educação Médica
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Cadernos de Naturologia e Terapias Complementares
Citation: GUIMARÃES, S. B. ; GUIMARÃES, I. B. A. ; DIAS, P. A. ; SILVA, A. H. Introducing acupuncture to allopathic medical students : a survey of their attitudes and beliefs. Cadernos de Naturologia e Terapias Complementares, Palhoça-SC, v. 2, n. 2, p. 43-50, 2013.
Abstract: This prospective cross-sectional self-administered survey study was conducted to establish a baseline of familiarity, attitudes and beliefs with acupuncture learning and practice among Federal University of Ceará (Brazil) medical students. Students were evaluated before (Group B) and after their exposure to Acupuncture classes (Group A). A total of 47 participants filled in an 3-page 40-item questionnaire comprising various sections that dealt with their attitudes, beliefs, and experiences with acupuncture medical curricula and practice. Almost 50% of our students did not agree that Acupuncture should be included as a regular discipline in the medical curriculum. “There is no evidence that Acupuncture is effective” received positive response from most students (Group A: 45.7% and Group B : 83,3%). “Only medical doctors should be allowed to practice acupuncture” was disapproved by all. Most students have demonstrated ignorance of the advantages of therapeutic effects of acupuncture and have manifested against its deployment in the national health system. We concluded that despite the growing interest of our medical students in participating in the optional course “Introduction to Medical Acupuncture” there is some opposition to its inclusion in the regular medical curriculum. In addition, students are unaware of the benefits and effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of many diseases.
metadata.dc.type: Artigo de Periódico
ISSN: 2316-915X
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