Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use by adults with cystic fibrosis

Burrows, J. A., Bajramovic, J. and Bell, S. C. (2002) Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use by adults with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 32 4: 320-323.

Author Burrows, J. A.
Bajramovic, J.
Bell, S. C.
Title Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine use by adults with cystic fibrosis
Journal name Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-937X
2055-2335
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 32
Issue 4
Start page 320
End page 323
Total pages 4
Editor J. Low
R. McKew
Place of publication Prahran, Victoria, Australia
Publisher Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Subject C1
321027 Respiratory Diseases
730110 Respiratory system and diseases (incl. asthma)
Formatted abstract
Background: Limited data are available about the extent of use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in people with cystic fibrosis (CF). Aim: To determine the extent of use of CAM therapies and CAM therapists in an adult population with CF Expenditure on CAM and patient perceptions about CAM were also assessed. Method: An interview- based questionnaire was developed, tested and administered by pharmacists. Results: 83 adult CF patients (42 females, age 16-44 years) were surveyed. 61% had visited a CAM practitioner at some time and 26% were currently visiting at least one practitioner (most commonly masseuses and naturopaths). 70% of patients reported they had taken a CAM in the past and 45% were currently taking CAM therapies (mean 3.5, range 1-19). The proportion of females who had consulted a CAM therapist (70% vs 48%) and taken CAM (84% vs 53%) was significantly greater than males. 39% of patients had informed their doctors of their use of CAM. 10% of patients spent more on CAM than on conventional therapy and 10% also spent over $500 annually in consultations with CAM therapists. Conclusion: The use of CAM therapists and therapies in young adults with CF was considerable, but comparable to studies in the general population. While the majority believed that conventional medicine was more beneficial than CAM therapy, some spent considerable amounts of money on CAM and many believed that such therapies had a place in therapy.
Q-Index Code C1

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