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How do medical students engaging in elective courses on acupuncture and homeopathy differ from unselected students? A survey

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2017
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Title
How do medical students engaging in elective courses on acupuncture and homeopathy differ from unselected students? A survey
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BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12906-017-1653-z
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Alexandra Jocham, Levente Kriston, Pascal O. Berberat, Antonius Schneider, Klaus Linde

Abstract

We aimed to investigate whether students at German medical schools participating in elective courses on acupuncture and homeopathy differ from an unselected group of students regarding attitudes and personality traits. Elective courses on acupuncture and homeopathy in the academic half-year 2013/14 all over Germany were identified and participants invited to fill in a questionnaire including nineteen questions on attitudes towards Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), orientation towards science, care and status orientation, and a short validated instrument (Big-Five-Inventory-10) to measure personality traits (extraversion, neuroticism, openness, conscientiousness, and agreeableness). Participants of a mandatory family medicine course at one university served as unselected control group. Two hundred twenty and 113 students from elective courses on acupuncture and homeopathy, respectively, and 315 control students participated (response rate 93%). Students participating in elective courses had much more positive attitudes towards CAM, somewhat lower science and status orientation, and somewhat higher care orientation than control group students (all p-values for three-group comparisons < 0.001). There were no differences between the three groups regarding personality traits with the exception of lower values for agreeableness in controls (p = 0.009). The findings of this study show that attitudes of students participating in elective courses on acupuncture or homeopathy at German medical schools differ to a considerable degree from the attitudes of unselected students.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Italy 1 3%
Switzerland 1 3%
Unknown 34 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 6 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 14%
Student > Master 4 11%
Other 3 8%
Lecturer 2 6%
Other 7 19%
Unknown 9 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 11 31%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 8%
Social Sciences 2 6%
Psychology 2 6%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 3%
Other 6 17%
Unknown 11 31%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 July 2018.
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