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Articles by Reem A. Issa
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  Reem A. Issa and Iman A. Basheti
  Background and Objective: Many customers visit the local herbal medicine stores to seek treatments for their acute and chronic health conditions. No previous study has investigated customer and herbalist believes and knowledge with regards to the safe and efficient use of herbal medicines in Jordan. This study aims to explore herbal medicine use amongst the public in Jordan and to identify the most frequent herbal medicine used for the treatment of varied health conditions. Secondary aim includes assessing believes and knowledge of herbalists and customers on the use of herbal medicine. Methodology: A questionnaire based survey was conducted in order to explore believes and knowledge of herbalists and customers towards the safe and efficient use of herbal medicines in Amman, Jordan. Data were analyzed by SPSS. Results: The majority of herbalists (64%) believed that use of herbal medicine by customers with chronic conditions can help in their treatment or in reducing the doses of their conventional medicines. Herbalists (69%) tend to always refer their customers to their medical doctor/pharmacist when using herbal medicine and conventional medicine simultaneously. Herbalist's believes in herbal medicine use was not affected by their length of study experience, geographic location or their level of education. To treat their chronic conditions 58.5% of the customers were using herbal medicine. A high proportion (65.1 and 74.5%) of customers reported to have high believes in herbal medicine efficacy and safety over conventional medicine. Herbalists chose work experience (50.6%), family and friends, published papers, books and the internet to be their sources in obtaining their knowledge on herbal medicine use. Customers chose the herbalist to be their first choice as a source of knowledge on herbal medicine. Conclusion: There was a high believe in herbal medicine use by both herbalists and customers in Jordan. Customers obtain their knowledge primarily from the herbalists and herbalists obtain their knowledge primarily from their work experience. An urgent need for the concerned regulatory bodies to provide reliable source of herbal medicinal education pertaining to herbal medication use safety and efficacy is called for.
  Reem A. Issa and Iman A. Basheti
  Objectives: To assess the current use of herbal products among chronically ill patients in Jordan and to review the impact of the used herbal products on their treatments safety and efficiency. Materials and Methods: This study was a questionnaire based cross-sectional study conducted between March and June, 2016. The developed and validated questionnaire consisted of 2 different forms, one for patients with chronic diseases and one for the community pharmacists. Patients and pharmacists were randomly recruited into this study by pharmacy students skilled to perform the data collection. Results: About 376 patients were recruited into this study (mean age 43 years, 54% female). About 216 (57.4%) were using 43 different herbal products. The most common chronic diseases suffered by the patients were hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Males and older patients were more likely to experience unsafe or inefficient use of herbal products. Only 54.2% of the patients informed their pharmacists of their use of herbal products. A minority of the pharmacists (8.2%) reported very good knowledge of herbal products use and herbs-drugs interactions and only (11.3%) always ask their patients about their use of any herbal products. Conclusion: Many chronically ill patients in Jordan use herbal products for the management of their chronic conditions. Inefficient use is common mainly amongst males. Patients and pharmacists are not communicating as needed regarding patients use of herbal products. New strategies need to be implemented in the country to resolve these vital issues.
  Reem A. Issa and Iman A. Basheti
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