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The knowledge, perception and utilisation of vitamin and mineral supplements, natural medicines and pharmacological agents as adjuncts to chiropractic practice in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Wilson, Laura Maie
dc.contributor.author De Gouveia, Natalie
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-14T06:50:26Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-31T22:20:06Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other 325536
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/492
dc.description Dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for a Masters Degree in Tehcnology: Chiropractic, Durban University of Technology, 2009. en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge, perception and utilisation of vitamins and minerals, natural medicines and pharmacological agents as adjuncts to Chiropractic practice in South Africa. Method: This study was a population based cross sectional survey utilising a descriptive, quantitative questionnaire study design. The questionnaire was distributed to all practicing qualified Chiropractors (n=388) and masters Chiropractic students (n=102) in South Africa. Results: The results obtained (30.4% response rate), indicated that the majority of the respondents (62.8%) felt qualified to advise patients on vitamins and mineral supplements and had a positive view of the use of vitamins and minerals as part of Chiropractic patient management (86.6%). The majority of the practitioners were aware that topical substances are part of the scope of practice and males were nearly twice as likely as females to use them. The majority thought biopuncture should be available to Chiropractors (82%) and felt that Chiropractors should challenge the legislation to incorporate biopuncture as part of the scope of practice (77.5%). Most respondents agreed with the statement indicating that NSAIDS should be part of Chiropractic scope of practice and 71% of respondents felt that being able to use NSAIDS in non-emergency situations would enhance patient retention. This study revealed that amongst the student population the majority, if allowed, would consider administering pharmacological agents in practice (55.1%). Conclusion: A correlation exists between the perception, knowledge and utilisation of vitamins and minerals, natural medicines and pharmacological agents in the Chiropractic profession with respect to the demographic data and there is a significant difference in opinion between qualified Chiropractors and Chiropractic masters students regarding perception, knowledge and utilisation of these adjuncts to practice. en_US
dc.format.extent 214 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Chiropractor en_US
dc.subject Chiropractic student en_US
dc.subject Vitamins and minerals en_US
dc.subject Natural medicines en_US
dc.subject Pharmacological agents en_US
dc.subject Chiropractors--South Africa--Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Dietary supplements en_US
dc.subject Pharmacology en_US
dc.subject Materia medica en_US
dc.title The knowledge, perception and utilisation of vitamin and mineral supplements, natural medicines and pharmacological agents as adjuncts to chiropractic practice in South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-000470


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