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How frequently do patients with multiple sclerosis use complementary and alternative medicine?
Complement Ther Med. 2005 Dec; 13(4):258-63.CT

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The purpose of the study was to examine the prevalence and characteristics of the utilisation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

DESIGN

Cross-sectional study using a semi-structured interview.

SETTING

One hundred and fifty-four MS patients were examined by interview to collect sociodemographic and disease-related variables as well as aspects of their usage of CAM. The investigation was completed by data from neurological examination.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

Reported utilisation of CAM by MS patients.

RESULTS

At the time of the investigation 61.7% (n = 95) of the MS patients reported that they were currently using CAM. Most of the therapies utilised (90.3%; n = 205) were complementary and only 9.7% (n = 22) were alternative choices. Users of complementary medicine were more severely affected by the disease than non-users, but no sociodemographic differences between users and non-users were found. Concerning the efficacy of CAM, 65.8% (n = 146) of MS patients reported improvement, 32.9% (n = 73) no influence, and 1.3% (n = 3) worsening of their condition. 4.5% (n = 10) of the CAM therapies were accompanied by slight side-effects.

CONCLUSION

A large proportion of MS patients use unconventional treatments, yet clinical studies on the efficacy of CAM in these cases have not been undertaken. Therefore, further research on their motivation and on objective effects of CAM is required.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Rostock, Department of Neurology, Gehlsheimer Str. 20, 18147 Rostock, Germany. annett.apel@med.uni-rostock.deNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16338196

Citation

Apel, Annett, et al. "How Frequently Do Patients With Multiple Sclerosis Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine?" Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 13, no. 4, 2005, pp. 258-63.
Apel A, Greim B, Zettl UK. How frequently do patients with multiple sclerosis use complementary and alternative medicine? Complement Ther Med. 2005;13(4):258-63.
Apel, A., Greim, B., & Zettl, U. K. (2005). How frequently do patients with multiple sclerosis use complementary and alternative medicine? Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 13(4), 258-63.
Apel A, Greim B, Zettl UK. How Frequently Do Patients With Multiple Sclerosis Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Complement Ther Med. 2005;13(4):258-63. PubMed PMID: 16338196.
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TY - JOUR T1 - How frequently do patients with multiple sclerosis use complementary and alternative medicine? AU - Apel,Annett, AU - Greim,Brigitte, AU - Zettl,Uwe K, Y1 - 2005/08/31/ PY - 2004/04/01/received PY - 2005/02/02/revised PY - 2005/05/31/accepted PY - 2005/12/13/pubmed PY - 2006/2/8/medline PY - 2005/12/13/entrez SP - 258 EP - 63 JF - Complementary therapies in medicine JO - Complement Ther Med VL - 13 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to examine the prevalence and characteristics of the utilisation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study using a semi-structured interview. SETTING: One hundred and fifty-four MS patients were examined by interview to collect sociodemographic and disease-related variables as well as aspects of their usage of CAM. The investigation was completed by data from neurological examination. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Reported utilisation of CAM by MS patients. RESULTS: At the time of the investigation 61.7% (n = 95) of the MS patients reported that they were currently using CAM. Most of the therapies utilised (90.3%; n = 205) were complementary and only 9.7% (n = 22) were alternative choices. Users of complementary medicine were more severely affected by the disease than non-users, but no sociodemographic differences between users and non-users were found. Concerning the efficacy of CAM, 65.8% (n = 146) of MS patients reported improvement, 32.9% (n = 73) no influence, and 1.3% (n = 3) worsening of their condition. 4.5% (n = 10) of the CAM therapies were accompanied by slight side-effects. CONCLUSION: A large proportion of MS patients use unconventional treatments, yet clinical studies on the efficacy of CAM in these cases have not been undertaken. Therefore, further research on their motivation and on objective effects of CAM is required. SN - 0965-2299 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16338196/How_frequently_do_patients_with_multiple_sclerosis_use_complementary_and_alternative_medicine L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0965-2299(05)00073-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -