Australians with osteoarthritis; the use of and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicines

Basedow, Martin, Runciman, William B., March, Lyn, and Esterman, Adrian (2014) Australians with osteoarthritis; the use of and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicines. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 20 (4). pp. 237-242.

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Objectives: To investigate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use amongst a cohort of osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers and to explore reasons for use.

Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was used to assess CAM use and its relationship with self-rated health status, patient knowledge of OA and attitudes towards OA management.

Results: Sixty-nine percent of respondents (95% CI, 64%-73%) reported that they had tried CAM, with little difference between age groups and genders. Patients who had a better knowledge of their condition and excellent self-rated health were more likely to use CAM. An aversion to the side effects of conventional medicine, failure to engage in exercise, and a belief in the efficacy of CAM were the principal factors underlying use.

Conclusion: As CAM use is a key component of the self-management strategies for a substantial proportion of Australians with OA, users need to be more fully informed about evidence of efficacy.

Item ID: 50821
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6947
Keywords: complementary and alternative medicine, osteoarthritis, atitudes
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC program grant (no. 568612)
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2017 23:23
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine > 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920116 Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis) @ 100%
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