A Cross-sectional Survey of Health Professionals' Attitudes toward Medicinal Cannabis Use as Part of Cancer Management
This study aimed to evaluate the attitudes of health professionals toward the use of medicinal cannabis as part of the management of patients with cancer. A prospective, cross-sectional study was conducted using an anonymous survey, emailed out to health professionals at a public metropolitan hospital in Australia. One hundred and thirty-five responses were received. 62% of survey respondents reported that patients inquire about medicinal cannabis. More than half of the health professionals stated being insufficiently informed about access to medicinal cannabis (74%), about its evidence base (59%), and about potential drug interactions (65%). Thirty-four percent would recommend medicinal cannabis to their patients with cancer, 20% would not, and 46% were unsure. Comments indicated concerns about lack of clinician knowledge, drug efficacy, side effects and drug interactions. The results show that health professionals feel insufficiently informed about access to, and use of, medicinal cannabis as part of cancer management. More information and education are required for health professionals to consider medicinal cannabis as part of care provided to their patients with cancer.