Do Physicians Believe They Can Meet the Requirements of the Collège des Médecins du Québec?

 In Integrative Medicine, Research
Canadian Family Physician • Le Médecin de Famille Canadien | Vol 62: December • Décembre 2016

Complementary and alternative medicine


Do physicians believe they can meet the requirements of the Collège des médecins du Québec?

Isabelle Gaboury PhD,  Noémie Johnson MD CCMF,  Christine Robin MD CCMF(MU),
Mireille Luc RD MSc,  Daniel O’Connor MSc,  Johane Patenaude PhD
Luce Pélissier-Simard MD FCMF MSc,  Marianne Xhignesse MD MSc


Objective: To determine whether medical training prepares FPs to meet the requirements of the Collège des médecins du Québec for their role in advising patients on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Design: Secondary analysis of survey results. Setting Quebec. Participants Family physicians and GPs in active practice.

Main Outcome Measures: Perceptions of the role of the physician as an advisor on CAM; level of comfort responding to questions and advising patients on CAM; frequency with which patients ask their physicians about CAM; personal position on CAM; and desire for training on CAM.

Results: The response rate was 19.5% (195 respondents of 1000) and the sample appears to be representative of the target population. Most respondents (85.8%) reported being asked about CAM several times a month. A similar proportion (86.7%) believed it was their role to advise patients on CAM. However, of this group, only 33.1% reported being able to do so. There is an association between an urban practice and knowledge of the advisory role of physicians. More than three- quarters of respondents expressed interest in receiving additional training on CAM.

Conclusion: There is a gap between the training that Quebec physicians receive on CAM and their need to meet legal and ethical obligations designed to protect the public where CAM products and therapies are concerned. One solution might be more thorough training on CAM to help physicians meet the Collège des médecins du Québec requirements.

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