Journal article

Knowledge and attitudes of Australian general practitioners towards medicinal cannabis: a cross-sectional survey.

Emily A Karanges, Anastasia Suraev, Natalie Elias, Ramesh Manocha, Iain S McGregor

BMJ Open | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine the knowledge and attitudes of Australian general practitioners (GP) towards medicinal cannabis, including patient demand, GP perceptions of therapeutic effects and potential harms, perceived knowledge and willingness to prescribe. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A cross-sectional survey completed by 640 GPs (response rate=37%) attending multiple-topic educational seminars in five major Australian cities between August and November 2017. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of patients enquiring about medicinal cannabis, perceived knowledge of GPs, conditions where GPs perceived it to be beneficial, willingness to prescribe, preferred models of access, perceived adverse eff..

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