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Use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with cluster headache: results of a multi-centre headache clinic survey.
Complement Ther Med. 2008 Aug; 16(4):220-7.CT

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To evaluate the rates, pattern, satisfaction with, and presence of predictors of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in a clinical population of patients with cluster headache (CH).

DESIGN AND SETTING

One hundred CH patients attending one of three headache clinics were asked to undergo a physician-administered structured interview designed to gather information on CAM use.

RESULTS

Past use of CAM therapies was reported by 29% of the patients surveyed, with 10% having used CAM in the previous year. Only 8% of the therapies used were perceived as effective, while a partial effectiveness was reported in 28% of CAM treatments. The most common source of recommendation of CAM was a friend or relative (54%). Approximately 62% of CAM users had not informed their medical doctors of their CAM use. The most common reason for deciding to try a CAM therapy was that it offered a "potential improvement of headache" (44.8%). Univariate analysis showed that CAM users had a higher income, had a higher lifetime number of conventional medical doctor visits, had consulted more headache specialists, had a higher number of CH attacks per year, and had a significantly higher proportion of chronic CH versus episodic CH. A binary logistic regression analysis was performed and two variables remained as significant predictors of CAM use: income level (OR=5.7, CI=1.6-9.1, p=0.01), and number of attacks per year (OR=3.08, CI=1.64-6.7, p<0.0001).

CONCLUSION

Our findings suggest that CH patients, in their need of and quest for care, seek and explore both conventional and CAM approaches, even though only a very small minority finds them very satisfactory.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Headache Centre, INI Grottaferrata, Rome, Italy. paolo.rossi90@alice.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18638713

Citation

Rossi, Paolo, et al. "Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine By Patients With Cluster Headache: Results of a Multi-centre Headache Clinic Survey." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 16, no. 4, 2008, pp. 220-7.
Rossi P, Torelli P, Di Lorenzo C, et al. Use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with cluster headache: results of a multi-centre headache clinic survey. Complement Ther Med. 2008;16(4):220-7.
Rossi, P., Torelli, P., Di Lorenzo, C., Sances, G., Manzoni, G. C., Tassorelli, C., & Nappi, G. (2008). Use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with cluster headache: results of a multi-centre headache clinic survey. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 16(4), 220-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2007.05.002
Rossi P, et al. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine By Patients With Cluster Headache: Results of a Multi-centre Headache Clinic Survey. Complement Ther Med. 2008;16(4):220-7. PubMed PMID: 18638713.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with cluster headache: results of a multi-centre headache clinic survey. AU - Rossi,Paolo, AU - Torelli,Paola, AU - Di Lorenzo,Cherubino, AU - Sances,Grazia, AU - Manzoni,Gian Camillo, AU - Tassorelli,Cristina, AU - Nappi,Giuseppe, Y1 - 2007/07/02/ PY - 2006/10/23/received PY - 2007/04/11/revised PY - 2007/05/10/accepted PY - 2008/7/22/pubmed PY - 2008/10/3/medline PY - 2008/7/22/entrez SP - 220 EP - 7 JF - Complementary therapies in medicine JO - Complement Ther Med VL - 16 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the rates, pattern, satisfaction with, and presence of predictors of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in a clinical population of patients with cluster headache (CH). DESIGN AND SETTING: One hundred CH patients attending one of three headache clinics were asked to undergo a physician-administered structured interview designed to gather information on CAM use. RESULTS: Past use of CAM therapies was reported by 29% of the patients surveyed, with 10% having used CAM in the previous year. Only 8% of the therapies used were perceived as effective, while a partial effectiveness was reported in 28% of CAM treatments. The most common source of recommendation of CAM was a friend or relative (54%). Approximately 62% of CAM users had not informed their medical doctors of their CAM use. The most common reason for deciding to try a CAM therapy was that it offered a "potential improvement of headache" (44.8%). Univariate analysis showed that CAM users had a higher income, had a higher lifetime number of conventional medical doctor visits, had consulted more headache specialists, had a higher number of CH attacks per year, and had a significantly higher proportion of chronic CH versus episodic CH. A binary logistic regression analysis was performed and two variables remained as significant predictors of CAM use: income level (OR=5.7, CI=1.6-9.1, p=0.01), and number of attacks per year (OR=3.08, CI=1.64-6.7, p<0.0001). CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that CH patients, in their need of and quest for care, seek and explore both conventional and CAM approaches, even though only a very small minority finds them very satisfactory. SN - 0965-2299 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18638713/Use_of_complementary_and_alternative_medicine_by_patients_with_cluster_headache:_results_of_a_multi_centre_headache_clinic_survey_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0965-2299(07)00063-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -