ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTIONS REGARDING DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AMONG MEDICAL AND PHARMACY STUDENTS: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY

Authors

  • Fairuz Nabihah Zakaria Faculty of Medicine, University of Cyberjaya, Cyberjaya, 63000, Malaysia
  • Fatin Fathyyah Mohd Firdaus Faculty of Medicine, University of Cyberjaya, Cyberjaya, 63000, Malaysia
  • Sen Anushka Faculty of Medicine, University of Cyberjaya, Cyberjaya, 63000, Malaysia
  • Delia Selvina Nabilah Mohd Salleh Faculty of Medicine, University of Cyberjaya, Cyberjaya, 63000, Malaysia
  • Nabilah Mohd Salleh Faculty of Medicine, University of Cyberjaya, Cyberjaya, 63000, Malaysia
  • Kallove Panchal Faculty of Medicine, University of Cyberjaya, Cyberjaya, 63000, Malaysia
  • Amelah Mohammed Abdul Qader Faculty of Medicine, University of Cyberjaya, Cyberjaya, 63000, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37557/gjphm.v6i1.250

Keywords:

dietary supplement consumption, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice

Abstract

Introduction: According to the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), dietary supplements (DS) are

products taken by mouth that contain a “dietary ingredient.” Such dietary ingredients include minerals,

vitamins, herbs or botanicals, amino acids as well as other substances used to supplement the diet.

This study aims to determine the prevalence of usage and Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP)

of dietary supplements among medical and pharmacy students at the University of Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study is done among 332 undergraduate medical and pharmacy students

studying at the University of Cyberjaya, regardless of age and gender. Results: It was found that 39.4%

of medical students and 28.7% of pharmacy students consume dietary supplements. Among the dietary

supplement users, 44.3% consume dietary supplements to improve health meanwhile 34.6% to avoid

dietary deficiency. 46.3% of medical students and 52.5% of pharmacy students who consume dietary

supplements think the use of dietary supplements is not always safe (p<0.001) meanwhile 71.4% of

medical students and 73.3% of pharmacy students think that taking a drug, food or drinks with the

dietary supplements might interact with each other. It was found that 44.2% of medical students always

look for professional medical help when taking dietary supplements meanwhile 57.4% of pharmacy

students do not. Conclusion: This study only shows the prevalence of dietary supplement consumption

among medical and pharmacy students

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Published

2024-03-01

How to Cite

Zakaria, F. N., Mohd Firdaus, F. F., Sen Anushka, Mohd Salleh, D. S. N., Nabilah Mohd Salleh, Panchal, K., & Mohammed Abdul Qader, A. (2024). ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND PERCEPTIONS REGARDING DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AMONG MEDICAL AND PHARMACY STUDENTS: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY. Global Journal of Public Health Medicine, 6(1), 1010–1020. https://doi.org/10.37557/gjphm.v6i1.250

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