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Survey of complementary and alternative medicine use at a tertiary children's hospital.
J Paediatr Child Health 2005; 41(8):424-7JP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within the Australian community is common. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and pattern of CAM usage in children attending a tertiary children's hospital.

METHODS

We conducted a cross-sectional survey of children attending the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Children were identified by consecutive acute admissions and attendance at outpatient clinics. A structured questionnaire with items about the use of CAM in the preceding year was administered by means of a face-to-face interview.

RESULTS

Based on the 503 children surveyed, 51% reported CAM use in the preceding year. Forty-three percent had used at least one CAM medication. The most common medicinal CAM used were multivitamins, vitamin C, herbal remedies and homeopathic treatments. Non-medicinal CAM was used by 23% of the participants. The most commonly used therapies were chiropractic, naturopathy, aromatherapy, therapeutic massage and dietary restriction. The main reasons stated for CAM usage included promotion of general health and treatment of colds. Sixty-three percent of those reporting CAM use had not discussed this with their treating doctor.

CONCLUSION

The use of CAM by children is common. Complementary and alternative medicine is particularly used for the treatment of common illnesses and conditions of childhood. Importantly, use is not always conveyed to treating physicians. Given the potential risk of adverse events associated with the use of CAM or interactions with conventional management, doctors should ask about their use as a part of routine history taking.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, and Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. alissa.lim@rch.org.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16101976

Citation

Lim, Alissa, et al. "Survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use at a Tertiary Children's Hospital." Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 41, no. 8, 2005, pp. 424-7.
Lim A, Cranswick N, Skull S, et al. Survey of complementary and alternative medicine use at a tertiary children's hospital. J Paediatr Child Health. 2005;41(8):424-7.
Lim, A., Cranswick, N., Skull, S., & South, M. (2005). Survey of complementary and alternative medicine use at a tertiary children's hospital. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 41(8), pp. 424-7.
Lim A, et al. Survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use at a Tertiary Children's Hospital. J Paediatr Child Health. 2005;41(8):424-7. PubMed PMID: 16101976.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Survey of complementary and alternative medicine use at a tertiary children's hospital. AU - Lim,Alissa, AU - Cranswick,Noel, AU - Skull,Susan, AU - South,Mike, PY - 2005/8/17/pubmed PY - 2005/11/16/medline PY - 2005/8/17/entrez SP - 424 EP - 7 JF - Journal of paediatrics and child health JO - J Paediatr Child Health VL - 41 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within the Australian community is common. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and pattern of CAM usage in children attending a tertiary children's hospital. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of children attending the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Children were identified by consecutive acute admissions and attendance at outpatient clinics. A structured questionnaire with items about the use of CAM in the preceding year was administered by means of a face-to-face interview. RESULTS: Based on the 503 children surveyed, 51% reported CAM use in the preceding year. Forty-three percent had used at least one CAM medication. The most common medicinal CAM used were multivitamins, vitamin C, herbal remedies and homeopathic treatments. Non-medicinal CAM was used by 23% of the participants. The most commonly used therapies were chiropractic, naturopathy, aromatherapy, therapeutic massage and dietary restriction. The main reasons stated for CAM usage included promotion of general health and treatment of colds. Sixty-three percent of those reporting CAM use had not discussed this with their treating doctor. CONCLUSION: The use of CAM by children is common. Complementary and alternative medicine is particularly used for the treatment of common illnesses and conditions of childhood. Importantly, use is not always conveyed to treating physicians. Given the potential risk of adverse events associated with the use of CAM or interactions with conventional management, doctors should ask about their use as a part of routine history taking. SN - 1034-4810 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16101976/Survey_of_complementary_and_alternative_medicine_use_at_a_tertiary_children's_hospital_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2005.00659.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -