Table 4

Distribution of the Items of the Scale on Attitudes towards Alternative Methods in Medicine by Grade (n = 943)
ITEMS First year 5. and 6. class p
Mean ± SD Mean ± SD
All practitioners of CAM should be medically qualified. 5,51 ± 1,75 5,15 ± 1,98 0,024*
On avarage, practitioners of CAM make less money than other doctors. 3,12 ± 1,88 2,70 ± 1,89 0,000*
CAM has low status within medicine 4,14 ± 1,78 4,57 ± 1,85 0,001*
CAM is only effective in treating minor complaints. 3,91 ± 1,77 4,48 ± 1,94 0,000*
CAM is fairly unscientific. 3,09 ± 1,84 3,47 ± 2,05 0,014*
CAM has advanced considerably in recent years in understanding of illness and diseases 4,16 ± 1,65 3,52 ± 1,8 0,000*
Practitioners of CAM are more prepared to listen to their patients. 4,56 ± 1,73 4,21 ± 1,86 0,012*
Patients on CAM hardly ever get better 3,15 ± 1,57 3,84 ± 1,72 0,000*
Despite considerable research, there are few aplicable results in CAM. 3,85 ± 1,58 4,66 ± 1,80 0,000*
CAM should be thught in medical school. 4,66 ± 2,00 4,12 ± 2,13 0,000*
Women have more tendency to CAM than men. 5,93 ± 1,91 5,58 ± 1,70 0,000*
Most practitioners of CAM receive a thorough training. 3,03 ± 1,65 2,59 ± 1,63 0,000*
CAM is safer than modern medical treatments 2,76 ± 1,70 2,55 ± 1,72 0,027*
You need to be “gifted” to carry out CAM 2,38 ± 1,65 2,00 ± 1,51 0,000*
A surprising number of patients claim its effective at curing their illness. 4,44 ± 165 4,14 ± 1,88 0,027*
CAM is more cost-effective than modern medicine 3,47 ± 1,70 3,21 ± 1,79 0,020*
Much of CAM is actually dangerous to the health of patients 2,75 ± 1,58 3,14 ± 1,78 0,003*
The reason for the success of CAM is mainly due to treating the whole person. 3,73 ± 1,73 3,19 ± 1,72 0,000*
A doctor should know CAM methods 4,95 ± 1,73 4,13 ± 2,08 0,000*
Knowledge of CAM is needed in my future professionalism 4,67 ± 2,21 3,83 ± 2,08 0,000*
I believe that to suggest CAM modalities to their patients is responsibility of doctors. 4,20 ± 1,91 3,22 ± 2,04 0,000*
I am personally interested in CAM 4,16 ± 2,03 3,53 ± 2,14 0,000*
CAM is an important part of my professionalism 3,59 ± 1,95 2,80 ± 1,92 0,000*
CAM is an important part of my culture 3,52 ± 2,01 3,17 ± 1,95 0,013*
I believe that CAM may have positive effect on general health outcomes 4,25 ± 1,82 3,71 ± 1,84 0,000*

Mann–Whitney U test p values, *p < 0,05.

Akan et al.

Akan et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:115   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-115

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