Students’ perception of the safety and value of a herbal vs. a conventional medicine for treating insomnia
Shah, P., Donyai, P. and Williamson, E. M. (2010) Students’ perception of the safety and value of a herbal vs. a conventional medicine for treating insomnia. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 17 (S2). B91-B92. ISSN 0961-7671
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University students suffer from variable sleep patterns including insomnia; furthermore, the highest incidence of herbal use appears to be among college graduates. Our objective was to test the perception of safety and value of herbal against conventional medicine for the treatment of insomnia in a non-pharmacy student population. We used an experimental design and bespoke vignettes that relayed the same effectiveness information to test our hypothesis that students would give higher ratings of safety and value to herbal product compared to conventional medicine. We tested another hypothesis that the addition of side-effect information would lower people’s perception of the safety and value of the herbal product to a greater extent than it would with the conventional medicine.