Beliefs About Medicines and Herbal Remedies

4/24/01


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Beliefs About Medicines and Herbal Remedies

HYPOTHESIS

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

DEFINITIONS USED

METHOD

SURVEY ITEMS (Kennedy School and Kaiser Foundation items)

SURVEY ITEMS (BMQ; Horne & Weinman, 1995)

DEMOGRAPHICS

Familiarity with Herbal Remedies

Use of Herbal Remedies

Familiarity and Use Are Related

Familiarity and Use by Gender

Familiarity and Use by Ethnicity

Are Herbal Remedies Good for People’s Health and Well-Being?

How Frequently Do People Get Sick, or Are Harmed by, Herbal Remedies?

Should Herbal Remedies Be Regulated More Strictly for Children (Under Age 16)?

Does Government Regulate Herbals for Safety and Claims Made? Is Testing of Herbals Adequate?

Is Knowledge of Government Regulation Related to Familiarity With and Use of Herbal Remedies?

Factor Analysis of BMQ Items Rotated Component Matrix (converged in 3 iterations)

Two Factors Confirmed

Do Attitudes and Beliefs About Prescription Medications Influence the Use of Herbal Remedies?

Conclusions

Practice and Policy Implications

DIRECTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH

I Institute for the Study of I Healthcare Organizations & Transactions

Author: Lucy Canter Kihlstrom