Use of complementary and alternative medicine among adult patients for depression in Taiwan

Hsu, Mei-Chi, Creedy, Debra, Moyle, Wendy, Venturato, Lorraine, Tsay, Shiow-Luan and Ouyang, Wen-Chen (2008) Use of complementary and alternative medicine among adult patients for depression in Taiwan. Journal of Affective Disorders, 111 2-3: 360-365. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2008.03.010

Author Hsu, Mei-Chi
Creedy, Debra
Moyle, Wendy
Venturato, Lorraine
Tsay, Shiow-Luan
Ouyang, Wen-Chen
Title Use of complementary and alternative medicine among adult patients for depression in Taiwan
Journal name Journal of Affective Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0327
Publication date 2008-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jad.2008.03.010
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 111
Issue 2-3
Start page 360
End page 365
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: This descriptive exploratory study investigated the prevalence and type of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use among older Taiwanese patients with a diagnosis of depression.
Method: Self-report questionnaire.
Results: A convenience sample of 206 in-patients (98% response rate) completed the survey. Nearly 70% (69.9%) reported using at least one form of CAM in the past 12 months. Twenty-one kinds of CAM were identified in the treatment of depression, the most common being herbal medicines, spiritual healing, and folk remedies. Only one-third (35.4%, n=73) had discussed CAM use with their psychiatrists. Participants with mild to moderate depression tended to use more CAM than participants with severe depression (GDS-SF: Cramer's V=−.233; HDRS: Cramer's V=.201).
Conclusions: This study confirms the high prevalence of CAM use among older adults with a diagnosis of depression in Taiwan. The popularity of CAM appears to be a consequence of people's preference for a more holistic approach to health care. CAM use needs to be explicitly discussed between patients and health professionals as part of ongoing assessment, patient education and management.
Keyword Complementary and alternative medicine
Older adults
Asian culture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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