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Use of complementary medicinal therapies in West Pomerania: a population-based study.
Climacteric. 2008 Apr; 11(2):124-34.C

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Prior studies suggested a high prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Germany. The objectives of this study were (1) to describe in more detail the utilization of CAM, (2) to compare characteristics between CAM users and non-users, and (3) to delineate information on source of prescription and insurance coverage of 14 specific CAM therapies.

METHODS

We extracted information derived from a computer-aided personal interview on the use of CAM, medical history, behavioral, and sociodemographic characteristics, all of which were generated by the Study of Health in Pomerania (formerly part of East Germany), a cross-sectional population-based survey. We analyzed data from 4291 individuals aged 20-79 years.

RESULTS

Use of any CAM within the previous year was reported by 6.0% of the population. The modality used most widely among CAM users was active and passive exercise therapy (including various massage therapies). CAM users, when compared to non-users, were more likely to be female, experienced more years of education, were more physically active, less often overweight, reported a lower self-rated physical health status, and were more likely to visit an outpatient facility during the last year. There were higher proportions of several chronic diseases in CAM users than non-users. The results of this survey suggest that CAM therapies were most often utilized to alleviate pain. Most CAM therapies were prescribed by a physician. Reimbursement schemes were complex and differed according to therapy.

CONCLUSIONS

The low estimate of CAM use might be explained by specific characteristics of the study region, including changes after the German reunification. CAM users and non-users differ with respect to several behavioral, sociodemographic and medical characteristics.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Clinical Research Center of Women's Health, Berlin.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18365855

Citation

Schwarz, S, et al. "Use of Complementary Medicinal Therapies in West Pomerania: a Population-based Study." Climacteric : the Journal of the International Menopause Society, vol. 11, no. 2, 2008, pp. 124-34.
Schwarz S, Messerschmidt H, Völzke H, et al. Use of complementary medicinal therapies in West Pomerania: a population-based study. Climacteric. 2008;11(2):124-34.
Schwarz, S., Messerschmidt, H., Völzke, H., Hoffmann, W., Lucht, M., & Dören, M. (2008). Use of complementary medicinal therapies in West Pomerania: a population-based study. Climacteric : the Journal of the International Menopause Society, 11(2), 124-34. https://doi.org/10.1080/13697130801930674
Schwarz S, et al. Use of Complementary Medicinal Therapies in West Pomerania: a Population-based Study. Climacteric. 2008;11(2):124-34. PubMed PMID: 18365855.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Use of complementary medicinal therapies in West Pomerania: a population-based study. AU - Schwarz,S, AU - Messerschmidt,H, AU - Völzke,H, AU - Hoffmann,W, AU - Lucht,M, AU - Dören,M, PY - 2008/3/28/pubmed PY - 2008/7/1/medline PY - 2008/3/28/entrez SP - 124 EP - 34 JF - Climacteric : the journal of the International Menopause Society JO - Climacteric VL - 11 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVES: Prior studies suggested a high prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Germany. The objectives of this study were (1) to describe in more detail the utilization of CAM, (2) to compare characteristics between CAM users and non-users, and (3) to delineate information on source of prescription and insurance coverage of 14 specific CAM therapies. METHODS: We extracted information derived from a computer-aided personal interview on the use of CAM, medical history, behavioral, and sociodemographic characteristics, all of which were generated by the Study of Health in Pomerania (formerly part of East Germany), a cross-sectional population-based survey. We analyzed data from 4291 individuals aged 20-79 years. RESULTS: Use of any CAM within the previous year was reported by 6.0% of the population. The modality used most widely among CAM users was active and passive exercise therapy (including various massage therapies). CAM users, when compared to non-users, were more likely to be female, experienced more years of education, were more physically active, less often overweight, reported a lower self-rated physical health status, and were more likely to visit an outpatient facility during the last year. There were higher proportions of several chronic diseases in CAM users than non-users. The results of this survey suggest that CAM therapies were most often utilized to alleviate pain. Most CAM therapies were prescribed by a physician. Reimbursement schemes were complex and differed according to therapy. CONCLUSIONS: The low estimate of CAM use might be explained by specific characteristics of the study region, including changes after the German reunification. CAM users and non-users differ with respect to several behavioral, sociodemographic and medical characteristics. SN - 1369-7137 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18365855/Use_of_complementary_medicinal_therapies_in_West_Pomerania:_a_population_based_study_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13697130801930674 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -