Doctors have a poor understanding of cannabis Pharmacology

The first study medical competency study of physicians-in-training during the legalized marijuana era has found that doctors have a poor understanding of cannabis pharmacology.

The study, presented at the 2017 Annual CHEST Meeting in Toronto, ON, Canada, assessed the preparedness of resident physicians in the New Jersey medical cannabis program.

Researchers from Saint Peter’s University Hospital (SPUH) in Jersey City NJ, and Rutgers Robert Woods Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ, set preparedness primary objectives for the resident physicians in terms of understanding the state’s cannabis program regulations, and an evaluated level of comfort in counseling patients on cannabis products.

The cross-sectional study was conducted with a web-based questionnaire distributed to all residents in SPUH’s internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics programs. The questionnaire featured 15 questions, both multiple choice and Likert-type scale based (from 1 to 10, with 1 being poor and 10 being excellent).

Of the 51...

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