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Use of alternative medicine by patients in a rural family practice clinic.
Fam Med. 2002 Mar; 34(3):206-12.FM

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES

There has been an increasing awareness of the use of alternative medicine and its effect on health care in the United States. However, no previous study has looked at its use among primary care patients in a rural setting. We conducted this study to determine the patterns of use of alternative medicine in this population.

METHODS

A questionnaire was distributed to 750 adult patients in a family practice clinic in northern Pennsylvania.

RESULTS

Our response rate was 88% (664/750). Forty-seven percent of patients reported using at least one form of alternative medicine during the past year The most-common types used were chiropractic (used by 17.2% of respondents), relaxation techniques (16.9%), herbal medicine (16.9%), and massage (14.2%). The patients surveyed used alternative medicine more for its benefits than because of dissatisfaction with conventional medicine. Only 51% of patients told their physician about their use of alternative medicine.

CONCLUSIONS

A significant number of rural family practice patients are using alternative medicine. To better address their patients' needs, primary care physicians should routinely ask patients about their use of alternative medicine and advise them accordingly.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Family Medicine, Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA, USA. wdelmundo@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11924568

Citation

del Mundo, Winfred F B., et al. "Use of Alternative Medicine By Patients in a Rural Family Practice Clinic." Family Medicine, vol. 34, no. 3, 2002, pp. 206-12.
del Mundo WF, Shepherd WC, Marose TD. Use of alternative medicine by patients in a rural family practice clinic. Fam Med. 2002;34(3):206-12.
del Mundo, W. F., Shepherd, W. C., & Marose, T. D. (2002). Use of alternative medicine by patients in a rural family practice clinic. Family Medicine, 34(3), 206-12.
del Mundo WF, Shepherd WC, Marose TD. Use of Alternative Medicine By Patients in a Rural Family Practice Clinic. Fam Med. 2002;34(3):206-12. PubMed PMID: 11924568.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Use of alternative medicine by patients in a rural family practice clinic. AU - del Mundo,Winfred F B, AU - Shepherd,William C, AU - Marose,Thomas D, PY - 2002/4/2/pubmed PY - 2002/9/7/medline PY - 2002/4/2/entrez SP - 206 EP - 12 JF - Family medicine JO - Fam Med VL - 34 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There has been an increasing awareness of the use of alternative medicine and its effect on health care in the United States. However, no previous study has looked at its use among primary care patients in a rural setting. We conducted this study to determine the patterns of use of alternative medicine in this population. METHODS: A questionnaire was distributed to 750 adult patients in a family practice clinic in northern Pennsylvania. RESULTS: Our response rate was 88% (664/750). Forty-seven percent of patients reported using at least one form of alternative medicine during the past year The most-common types used were chiropractic (used by 17.2% of respondents), relaxation techniques (16.9%), herbal medicine (16.9%), and massage (14.2%). The patients surveyed used alternative medicine more for its benefits than because of dissatisfaction with conventional medicine. Only 51% of patients told their physician about their use of alternative medicine. CONCLUSIONS: A significant number of rural family practice patients are using alternative medicine. To better address their patients' needs, primary care physicians should routinely ask patients about their use of alternative medicine and advise them accordingly. SN - 0742-3225 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11924568/Use_of_alternative_medicine_by_patients_in_a_rural_family_practice_clinic_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/ruralhealthconcerns.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -