The use of cannabis to treat a variety of illnesses is increasing rapidly. Australia now allows the prescription of medicinal cannabis for a limited number of medical conditions (e.g. pain, epilepsy). Key medical professional organisations have opposed medicinal cannabis. Little is known about the views and attitudes of key health care professionals that are the primary prescribers of medicinal cannabis. What is their knowledge about the safety and efficacy of medicinal cannabis? How confident are they in prescribing the drug? What training have they received or what information would they like to receive? How likely are they to prescribe medicinal cannabis and for what conditions? This study may use a range of social science methods, including a large quantitative survey and qualitative interviews with neurologists, psychiatrists and pain specialists to answer these questions. The findings will have important implications for policy and clinical practice and training.
ethics, attitudes, clinical practice, cannabis, prescription, marijuana, social science, qualitative, survey, policy
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