What's your opinion on complementary and alternative medicines?

August 23, 2011

Kathie Tam, a fourth-year U of A pharmacy student, is surveying Alberta pharmacists on their attitudes toward Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM).

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Read the letter of invitation:
 

Dear Pharmacists: 
My name is Kathie Tam; I am a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Alberta. As a requirement of my elective course PHARM 498, I have chosen to conduct a survey on the attitudes toward Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) among pharmacists in Alberta.

This survey is important as it has been reported that up to two-thirds of Chinese immigrants in Alberta used CAM in conjugation with western medicine. Especially, since Chinese has been considered the largest visible minority in Canada and that Chinese immigrants remain one of the top three ethnic groups immigrated to Alberta, CAM is an indispensable aspect for healthcare provider in Alberta and Canada to consider when interacting with patients. The survey outcomes will enable the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to assess the necessity to incorporate this component to the current pharmacy curriculum.

Your participation in the survey is voluntary. If you changed your mind after you have agreed to take part in the study, simply exit the survey. You can say no to any of the questions in the survey; this may prevent you from proceeding with the survey. You may stop the study at any time. However, once the survey is completed, it is impossible to withdraw from the study since the survey is anonymous.

The risks involved in the study are minimal. All data are stored securely according to the Google Document® website policy which can be found at http://www.google.com/security.html. Please note that data collected is subject to the Patriot Act as the servers are United States based. Once data are extracted from Google Document®, they will be securely stored in a password protected laptop in a locked office at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta. We will keep all data for at least five years in accordance with university policy.

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta.

If you have any questions about the study at any time, Please feel free to contact: 
Kathie Tam, 4th Year Pharmacy Student, kathie@ualberta.ca 
Dr. Hoan Linh Banh, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, hbanh@pharmacy.ualberta.ca, (780) 492-6577

By proceeding with the survey, it is implied that you have given informed consent to participate in the study. To participate in the survey, please proceed to the following link:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dEYzNkZyWmpGX3EtdDVMd3pLZVRCOUE6MQ#gid=0

Sincerely,

Kathie Tam, 4th Year Pharmacy Student, Principle investigator 
Dr. Hoan Linh Banh, Associate Professor, Principle investigator


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