Public attitudes towards Chinese medicine in Melbourne, Australia

Xue, C, Clifton, L, Karagiannis, J, Li, C, Yang, A, Zhang, L and Story, D 2005, 'Public attitudes towards Chinese medicine in Melbourne, Australia', Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, vol. 2, no. 1(8), pp. 1-11.

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Title Public attitudes towards Chinese medicine in Melbourne, Australia
Author(s) Xue, C
Clifton, L
Karagiannis, J
Li, C
Yang, A
Zhang, L
Story, D
Year 2005
Journal name Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Volume number 2
Issue number 1(8)
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 10
Publisher Berkeley Electronic Press
Abstract PURPOSE - To investigate the public attitudes towards Chinese medicine and the impact of the introduction of statutory practitioner registration in Melbourne, Australia. METHOD - A convenience sample of 575 participants (18-45 years of age) from three locations in Melbourne completed a self-administered, 60-question survey in August 2002. RESULTS - In the previous 12 months, Chinese medicine had been used by 30.9% of the respondents and 17.3% had visited a Chinese medicine practitioner. For each of eight common conditions listed in the survey, between 61.2% and 92.7% of participants indicated that western medicine was their preferred therapeutic option, rather than Chinese medicine or combination of Western and Chinese medicine. However, substantial proportions of participants preferred Chinese medicine for stomach or internal problems (28.4%), cold/flu (18.8%) and dizziness (17.6%). Although 78.2% were aware that statutory practitioner registration had recently been introduced in the State, only 29.9% indicated that they would only visit a registered practitioner. IMPLICATION - More stringent surveillance of Chinese medicine service providers and a public education campaign may be necessary to protect against unauthorized Chinese medicine practice.
Subject Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatments
Keyword(s) Chinese medicine
complementary and alternative medicine
Melbourne, Australia
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