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Title: Medical cannabis attitudes, beliefs and knowledge among Greek-Cypriot University nursing students
Authors: Sokratous, Sokratis 
Mpouzika, Meropi 
Kaikoushi, Katerina 
Hatzimilidonis, Lenos 
Koutroubas, Virginia Sunday 
Karanikola, Maria 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Health Sciences
Keywords: Medical cannabis;Nursing students;Nursing beliefs and attitudes;Nursing education
Issue Date: May-2021
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2021, vol. 58, articl. no. 102707
Volume: 58
Journal: Complementary Therapies in Medicine 
Abstract: Objectives We aimed to explore the attitudes, beliefs and knowledge of nursing students about medical cannabis use in Cyprus. Special focus was given on gender differences and the year of studentship. Design A descriptive, cross-sectional study with internal comparisons was performed on undergraduate nursing students in Cyprus. Pearson chi-square test for group differences was employed. A total of 252 questionnaires were anonymously and voluntarily completed. Descriptive and inferential statistics were assessed. Results 21 % male and 79 % female were included in the sample (response rate 62.7 %). Third year student participants reported more frequent use of cannabis for all reasons - for themselves, friends and family (p < 0.05). Furthermore, they reported more positive statements on the effectiveness of medical cannabis in treating medical conditions (p < 0.05). Moreover, female students reported more frequently the necessity of incorporating medical cannabis training into academic curricula (p < 0.05). Conclusions Given the reported lack of knowledge, enrichment of nursing curricula with medical cannabis related courses and lectures, both theoretical and clinical/ laboratory, are proposed. The associations of attitudes with gender and years of studentship point to the need of taking these factors into consideration for relevant education and training.
ISSN: 0965-2299
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2021.102707
Rights: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type: Article
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
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