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Complementary and alternative medicine for multiple sclerosis.
Mult Scler. 2008 Sep; 14(8):1113-9.MS

Abstract

We analyzed characteristics, motivation, and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine in a large sample of people with multiple sclerosis. A 53-item survey was mailed to the members of the German Multiple Sclerosis Society, chapter of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Surveys of 1573 patients (48.5 +/- 11.7 years, 74% women, duration of illness 18.1 +/- 10.5 years) were analyzed. In comparison with conventional medicine, more patients displayed a positive attitude toward complementary and alternative medicine (44% vs 38%, P < 0.05), with 70% reporting lifetime use of at least one method. Among a wide variety of complementary and alternative medicine, diet modification (41%), Omega-3 fatty acids (37%), removal of amalgam fillings (28%), vitamins E (28%), B (36%), and C (28%), homeopathy (26%), and selenium (24%) were cited most frequently. Most respondents (69%) were satisfied with the effects of complementary and alternative medicine. Use of complementary and alternative medicine was associated with religiosity, functional independence, female sex, white-collar job, and higher education (P < 0.05). Compared with conventional therapies, complementary and alternative medicine rarely showed unwanted side effects (9% vs 59%, P < 0.00001). A total of 52% stated that the initial consultation with their physician lasted less than 15 min. To conclude, main reasons for the use of complementary and alternative medicine include the high rate of side effects and low levels of satisfaction with conventional treatments and brief patients/physicians contacts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, J 5, Mannheim 68159, Germany. st_schwarz@hotmail.comNo 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

18632773

Citation

Schwarz, S, et al. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis." Multiple Sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England), vol. 14, no. 8, 2008, pp. 1113-9.
Schwarz S, Knorr C, Geiger H, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine for multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2008;14(8):1113-9.
Schwarz, S., Knorr, C., Geiger, H., & Flachenecker, P. (2008). Complementary and alternative medicine for multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England), 14(8), 1113-9. https://doi.org/10.1177/1352458508092808
Schwarz S, et al. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2008;14(8):1113-9. PubMed PMID: 18632773.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Complementary and alternative medicine for multiple sclerosis. AU - Schwarz,S, AU - Knorr,C, AU - Geiger,H, AU - Flachenecker,P, Y1 - 2008/07/16/ PY - 2008/7/18/pubmed PY - 2009/1/1/medline PY - 2008/7/18/entrez SP - 1113 EP - 9 JF - Multiple sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England) JO - Mult Scler VL - 14 IS - 8 N2 - We analyzed characteristics, motivation, and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine in a large sample of people with multiple sclerosis. A 53-item survey was mailed to the members of the German Multiple Sclerosis Society, chapter of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Surveys of 1573 patients (48.5 +/- 11.7 years, 74% women, duration of illness 18.1 +/- 10.5 years) were analyzed. In comparison with conventional medicine, more patients displayed a positive attitude toward complementary and alternative medicine (44% vs 38%, P < 0.05), with 70% reporting lifetime use of at least one method. Among a wide variety of complementary and alternative medicine, diet modification (41%), Omega-3 fatty acids (37%), removal of amalgam fillings (28%), vitamins E (28%), B (36%), and C (28%), homeopathy (26%), and selenium (24%) were cited most frequently. Most respondents (69%) were satisfied with the effects of complementary and alternative medicine. Use of complementary and alternative medicine was associated with religiosity, functional independence, female sex, white-collar job, and higher education (P < 0.05). Compared with conventional therapies, complementary and alternative medicine rarely showed unwanted side effects (9% vs 59%, P < 0.00001). A total of 52% stated that the initial consultation with their physician lasted less than 15 min. To conclude, main reasons for the use of complementary and alternative medicine include the high rate of side effects and low levels of satisfaction with conventional treatments and brief patients/physicians contacts. SN - 1352-4585 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18632773/Complementary_and_alternative_medicine_for_multiple_sclerosis_ L2 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1352458508092808?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&amp;rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&amp;rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -