Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies in Acne, Psoriasis, and Atopic Eczema: Results of a Qualitative Study of Patients' Experiences and Perceptions

Magin, Parker J., Adams, Jon, Heading, Gaynor S., Pond, Dimity C. and Smith, Wayne (2006) Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies in Acne, Psoriasis, and Atopic Eczema: Results of a Qualitative Study of Patients' Experiences and Perceptions. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12 5: 451-457. doi:10.1089/acm.2006.12.451

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Author Magin, Parker J.
Adams, Jon
Heading, Gaynor S.
Pond, Dimity C.
Smith, Wayne
Title Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies in Acne, Psoriasis, and Atopic Eczema: Results of a Qualitative Study of Patients' Experiences and Perceptions
Journal name Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1075-5535
Publication date 2006-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/acm.2006.12.451
Volume 12
Issue 5
Start page 451
End page 457
Total pages 7
Editor Jobst, Kim A.
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers
Language eng
Subject 321202 Epidemiology
321200 Public Health and Health Services
Formatted abstract
Objectives:
The aim of this study was to explore the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
therapies in patients with acne, psoriasis, or atopic eczema and the attitudes about CAM of these patients.
Design: This was a qualitative study, utilizing semistructured interviews and thematic analysis.

Setting:
Patients were recruited from the practices of dermatologists and general practitioners in a noncapital
Australian city.

Results:

Twenty-six (26) interviews were conducted with patients with acne, 29 with psoriasis, and 7 with
atopic eczema. Use of CAM therapies was common. Participants tended to value CAM over orthodox therapies
because of their preference for natural approaches to their skin diseases and the perceived lesser potential
for adverse effects of CAM therapies. Respondents with acne were more confident about the efficacy of CAM
than were those with psoriasis or eczema. The resulting sense of control attenuated psychologic sequelae of
acne. This was not apparent in psoriasis or eczema.

Conclusions:
Practitioners should be cognizant of the likely use of CAM and its implications (including the
potential for attenuation of psychologic morbidity) in their patients who have skin diseases.
Keyword Acne Vulgaris/di [Diagnosis]
Acne Vulgaris/th [Therapy]
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Australia
Complementary Therapies/ut [Utilization]
Dermatitis, Atopic/di [Diagnosis]
Dermatitis, Atopic/th [Therapy]
Diet Therapy/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data]
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Narration
Patient Satisfaction/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data]
Physician-Patient Relations
Phytotherapy/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data]
Plant Extracts/tu [Therapeutic Use]
Psoriasis/di [Diagnosis]
Psoriasis/th [Therapy]
Questionnaires
Trace Elements/tu [Therapeutic Use]
Vitamins/tu [Therapeutic Use]
Yoga
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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