Women's attitudes towards the use of complementary and alternative medicine products during pregnancy

Frawley, J., Sibbritt, D., Broom, A., Gallois, C., Steel, A. and Adams, J. (2015) Women's attitudes towards the use of complementary and alternative medicine products during pregnancy. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 36 4: 462-467. doi:10.3109/01443615.2015.1072804


Author Frawley, J.
Sibbritt, D.
Broom, A.
Gallois, C.
Steel, A.
Adams, J.
Title Women's attitudes towards the use of complementary and alternative medicine products during pregnancy
Journal name Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-6893
0144-3615
Publication date 2015-10-15
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/01443615.2015.1072804
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 36
Issue 4
Start page 462
End page 467
Total pages 6
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The aim of this study was to analyse women's attitudes towards the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products during pregnancy. The study sample was obtained via the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health or ALSWH. A response rate of 79.2% (n = 1,835) was attained. Women who use herbal medicines (34.5%, n = 588) view CAM as a preventative measure, are looking for something holistic and are concerned about evidence of clinical efficacy when considering the use of these products during pregnancy. Women who use aromatherapy (17.4%, n = 319) and homoeopathy (13.3%, n = 244) want more personal control over their body and are concerned more about their own personal experience of the efficacy of CAM than clinical evidence of efficacy. As CAM use in pregnancy appears to be increasingly commonplace, insights into women's attitudes towards CAM are valuable for maternity healthcare providers.
Keyword Complementary and alternative medicine
Attitudes
Pregnancy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences -- Publications
Official 2016 Collection
 
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