Dietary supplement use, knowledge, and perceptions among student pharmacists

David R. Axon, Janka Vanova, Courtney Edel, Marion Slack

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Objective. To compare dietary supplement use between student pharmacists and the general population, and assess knowledge, attitudes toward use, and dietary supplement effectiveness; and to explore how student pharmacists view their education on dietary supplements. Methods. Paper questionnaires administered to student pharmacists collected data about their use, knowledge, and attitudes of dietary supplements. Use was compared to the 2007 National Health Interview survey findings. Results. Of 179 students who responded, 52% had used at least one dietary supplement in their lifetime versus 25% in the general population. Students perceived supplement label information as unhelpful, research into supplements inadequate, and supplements non-essential to health. Students thought supplement knowledge was important but their education was inadequate. Conclusion. Dietary supplement use was higher in this sample of student pharmacists than the general population. Student pharmacists had limited knowledge and need more education on dietary supplements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number92
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2017


  • Dietary supplements education
  • Dietary supplements knowledge
  • Dietary supplements use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics


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