Physicians' understanding of the regulation of dietary supplements

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Background: After passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, herbs and other supplements were allowed to be sold to the public without Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval or premarket evaluation. Data suggest that many people are unaware of this lack of governmental oversight and may rely on their physicians for education in this arena. This study was designed to evaluate physicians' level of understanding of dietary supplement regulation and the adverse event reporting process and to determine whether an interactive online curriculum could aid in improving knowledge. Methods: A multicenter online educational intervention was developed and administered to physicians at 15 internal medicine residency programs throughout the United States between March 1, 2006, and June 30, 2006. Pretest performance was used to measure baseline knowledge, while posttest performance compared with pretest performance measured the effectiveness of the educational intervention. Results: Atotal of 335 physicians completed the module. Ninety percent of those completing the module were residents, while 10% were attending physicians. Baseline knowledge of dietary supplement regulatory issues was poor. The total average pretest score was only 59% (986/1675). The average score rose to 91% (1526/1675) after completion of the curriculum (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)966-969
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume167
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 14 2007

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Dietary Supplements
Physicians
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Drug Approval
United States Food and Drug Administration
Internship and Residency
Internal Medicine
Health Education
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Physicians' understanding of the regulation of dietary supplements. / Ashar, Bimal; Rice, Tasha N.; Sisson, Stephen D.

In: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 167, No. 9, 14.05.2007, p. 966-969.

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