Complementary and alternative medicine use among Iranian patients attending urban outpatient general practices

Behnood-Rod, A. and Afzali Poor Khoshkbejari, M. and Pourzargar, P. and Hassanzadeh, M. and Moharamzad, Y. and Foroughi, F. (2018) Complementary and alternative medicine use among Iranian patients attending urban outpatient general practices. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 30. pp. 58-63.

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Abstract

Objective To determine the frequency of use of different types of CAM among patients who attended outpatient general practices (GP). Methods CAM use, type, reason, administration, satisfaction, and disclosure to physician were documented by interviewing 360 patients. Results A total of 192 individuals (53.3) reported that they were using or had used at least one form of CAM therapy (a total of 343 CAM therapies). The five most commonly used CAM therapies were, respectively, vitamin supplements (105 subjects, 54.7), traditional herbal products (80 cases, 41.7), mineral supplements (58 cases, 30.2), herbal medicines (49 cases, 25.5) and dietary therapies (18 cases, 9.4); 240 therapies (70) were self-prescribed. Conclusion A substantial number of the patients had used CAM on their own; one-third of these patients did not have sufficient knowledge about the therapies used. Health care providers should be aware of this practice by the patients and seek information about CAM usage. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd

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Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent; adult; aged; alternative medicine; attitude to health; diet; dietary supplement; doctor patient relation; female; general practice; general practitioner; human; interpersonal communication; Iran; male; middle aged; patient attitude; patient satisfaction; phytotherapy; questionnaire; urban population; utilization; young adult, Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Complementary Therapies; Diet; Dietary Supplements; Disclosure; Female; General Practice; General Practitioners; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Iran; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Patient Satisfaction; Physician-Patient Relations; Phytotherapy; Surveys and Questionnaires; Urban Population; Young Adult
Subjects: QV Pharmacology
Depositing User: eprints admin
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 15:50
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 09:44
URI: http://eprints.iums.ac.ir/id/eprint/6901

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