The study was done during the period June to October 1996 and covered the following areas: Metropolitan Manila, Cebu City, Davao City, and the provinces of Cagayan, Leyte and North Cotabato.
Metropolitan Manila, Cebu City and Davao City are the three most highly urbanized cities in the Philippines. They are the nation's main centers for Commerce, industry, information, culture and education and have the densest concentration of the professions, including the medical profession. Altogether, the three urban centers accounted for the 6771 (or 39.8%) of the total 17,000 practitioners registered with the Philippine Medical Association. Metropolitan Manila accounted for 5676 or (33.4%).
The provinces of Cagayan (Northern Luzon), Leyte (Eastern Visayas), and North Cotabato (in Central Mindanao) are the sites of the government-run herbal manufacturing facilities produce mainly tablet formulations of Vitex negundo (lagundi), and Blumea balsamifera (sambong). Due to limited production, distribution of these herbal tablets are likewise mainly limited to regions where the manufacturing faciltiies are located. The three provinces had a combined physician population of 608 as per the directory of the Philippiness Medical Association.
A total of 297 responses were included in the analysis of data. Target number of respondents was 362. Replacements were made for 193 physician who did not respond after 2 follow-up letters. 220 or (74.1%) of the respondents practiced in Metro Manila. The rest practiced in Cebu City (7.4%), Davao City (8.8%) and the provinces of Cagayan, Leyte, and North Cotabato (9.8%). The majority of the respondents belong to the age groups 30-39 and 40-49. These 2 age groups accounted for 45.8% and 25.9% respectively, of the total. The mean age was 41.2. The youngest respondent was 25 yrs old; the oldest was 84 yrs. The female respondents consisted fo 58.6 of the total; male respondents 41.4%.
69.0% of the respondents practiced a specialty while another 14.5% combined their specialty practice with general practice. General practitioners consisted of only 13.5% of the respondents.
47.5% of the respondents had practiced for less than 10 yrs while 29.6% had practiced for 10-19 yrs. The mean number of years of practice was 13.4 years.
Those affiliated with government institutions consisted of 22.6% of the total, hospital 13.1%, academe 8.1%, industry 3.7%, mixed affiliation 24.9% and no affiliation 19.2% The alma mater of the respondents are given. The UST was listed as alma mater by 27.3% of the respondents, UE by 11.8%, FEU by 11.1% and UP by 9.4%.
To determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices of Filipino Physicians on herbal medicine and other forms of traditional medicine; and2. To prepare a set of recommendations on how to optimize the utilization of safe and efficacious forms of traditional medicine of Filipino physicians.