TGA stakeholder survey 2019

Perceptions of the regulation of complementary medicines: GPs & consumers

This 2019 survey follows the first TGA (2018) survey of consumer perceptions about the regulation of complementary medicines. GPs were not surveyed in 2018. Pharmacists have yet to be surveyed. The results speak for themselves. It is suggested that such surveys should be a regularly repeated TGA key performance indicator (KPI).

For general practitioners, Qualtrics surveyed a validated sample of 138 current general practitioners (excluding those in the medical products industry) who had heard of the TGA before participating in the survey. Fieldwork for the general practitioner survey was conducted between 24 June and 1 July 2019.

The questions about GPs perception of the regulation of complementary medicines items were prefaced with the following instructions and definitions: ‘Shown below are some statements about complementary medicines (such as vitamins, minerals, herbal or aromatherapy products) that are available in Australia. Please indicate your level of agreement with each statement’.

The consumer sample was composed of 1,045 adult Australians aged 18 and above. The sample was weighted to achieve broad representation across age, gender, and state-based location. Fieldwork for the panel consumer survey commenced on 21 June 2019 and was completed on 26 June 2019.

The questions about consumer perceptions of complementary medicines items were prefaced with the following instructions and definitions: ‘Shown below are some statements about complementary medicines (such as vitamins, minerals, herbal or aromatherapy products) that are available in Australia. Please indicate your level of agreement with each statement’.

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About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist
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