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J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2012 Apr;3(2):59-62. doi: 10.4103/0975-9476.96516.

Awareness about bibliographic databases among students of Ayurveda and qualified Ayurveda practitioners.

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Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India.


Students of Ayurveda and qualified Ayurveda practitioners were assessed for awareness about bibliographic databases. One hundred and four volunteers (age range 17-64 years; group mean±SD, 24.3 ± 7.9 years; 62 females) participated in this cross-sectional study. There were 3 groups. Group I had 60 undergraduate students of a bachelor's level course in Ayurveda, Group II had 20 graduate students of a 1-year Panchakarma course, and Group III had 24 Ayurveda physicians who were working in a yoga and Ayurveda center. An 8-question questionnaire was used for assessment. Undergraduates were found to be the best informed, followed by those who were working, while those doing post-graduation were the least well informed. The sample was from one institution; however, the findings emphasize the importance of updating the knowledge of post-graduates or those in practice.


Ayurveda; bibliographic databases; complementary and alternative medicine

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