Resourcing the clinical complementary medicine information needs of Australian medical students: Results of a grounded theory study

Kate Templeman, Anske Robinson, Lisa McKenna

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The aim of this study was to identify Australian medical students’ complementary medicine information needs. Thirty medical students from 10 medical education faculties across Australian universities were recruited. Data were generated using in-depth semi-structured interviews and constructivist grounded theory method was used to analyze and construct data. Students sought complementary medicine information from a range of inadequate sources, such as pharmacological texts, Internet searches, peer-reviewed medical journals, and drug databases. The students identified that many complementary medicine resources may not be regarded as objective, reliable, differentiated, or comprehensive, leaving much that medical education needs to address. Most students sought succinct, easily accessible, evidence-based information to inform safe and appropriate clinical decisions about complementary medicines. A number of preferred resources were identified that can be recommended and actively promoted to medical students. Therefore, specific, evidence-based complementary medicine databases and secondary resources should be subscribed and recommended to medical schools and students, to assist meeting professional responsibilities regarding complementary medicines. These findings may help inform the development of appropriate medical information resources regarding complementary medicines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-327
Number of pages7
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • complementary medicines
  • evidence-based medicine
  • information resources
  • medical practice
  • quality use of medicines

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