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Complementary and alternative medicine in children attending gastroenterology clinics: usage patterns and reasons for use.
J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Dec; 47(12):904-10.JP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) appears to be increasing. This cross-sectional study aimed to assess the use of CAM in children, investigate factors influencing their use and attitudes towards them and to contrast to previous usage patterns.

METHODS

Parents of children attending gastroenterology outpatient clinics at a tertiary paediatric hospital completed a questionnaire providing details of CAM usage, awareness and attitudes.

RESULTS

Sixty-nine percent of the 98 respondents were using or had used CAM (n= 66). Nutritional supplements (n= 37, 56% of CAM users) and probiotics (n= 33, 50%) were most commonly used. Most CAM users sought complementary therapy to help a chronic problem (n= 43, 69.4%) and had been referred by a friend or family member (n= 33, 53.2%). Self-reported well-being was associated with CAM use (P= 0.0009) and CAM were described as partially effective by 40 parents (67.8%). Forty-six parents (75.4%) expressed that they would use CAM again. Seventy-two respondents (80%) believed that doctors should support the use of CAM.

CONCLUSION

Children attending this gastroenterology clinic are commonly given CAM. Awareness and acceptance of CAM by carers of children with gastroenterology conditions is high.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Gastroenterology, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, Australia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21658145

Citation

Wadhera, Veena, et al. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Children Attending Gastroenterology Clinics: Usage Patterns and Reasons for Use." Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 47, no. 12, 2011, pp. 904-10.
Wadhera V, Lemberg DA, Leach ST, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine in children attending gastroenterology clinics: usage patterns and reasons for use. J Paediatr Child Health. 2011;47(12):904-10.
Wadhera, V., Lemberg, D. A., Leach, S. T., & Day, A. S. (2011). Complementary and alternative medicine in children attending gastroenterology clinics: usage patterns and reasons for use. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(12), 904-10. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02100.x
Wadhera V, et al. Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Children Attending Gastroenterology Clinics: Usage Patterns and Reasons for Use. J Paediatr Child Health. 2011;47(12):904-10. PubMed PMID: 21658145.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Complementary and alternative medicine in children attending gastroenterology clinics: usage patterns and reasons for use. AU - Wadhera,Veena, AU - Lemberg,Daniel A, AU - Leach,Steven T, AU - Day,Andrew S, Y1 - 2011/06/09/ PY - 2011/6/11/entrez PY - 2011/6/11/pubmed PY - 2012/5/2/medline SP - 904 EP - 10 JF - Journal of paediatrics and child health JO - J Paediatr Child Health VL - 47 IS - 12 N2 - BACKGROUND: The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) appears to be increasing. This cross-sectional study aimed to assess the use of CAM in children, investigate factors influencing their use and attitudes towards them and to contrast to previous usage patterns. METHODS: Parents of children attending gastroenterology outpatient clinics at a tertiary paediatric hospital completed a questionnaire providing details of CAM usage, awareness and attitudes. RESULTS: Sixty-nine percent of the 98 respondents were using or had used CAM (n= 66). Nutritional supplements (n= 37, 56% of CAM users) and probiotics (n= 33, 50%) were most commonly used. Most CAM users sought complementary therapy to help a chronic problem (n= 43, 69.4%) and had been referred by a friend or family member (n= 33, 53.2%). Self-reported well-being was associated with CAM use (P= 0.0009) and CAM were described as partially effective by 40 parents (67.8%). Forty-six parents (75.4%) expressed that they would use CAM again. Seventy-two respondents (80%) believed that doctors should support the use of CAM. CONCLUSION: Children attending this gastroenterology clinic are commonly given CAM. Awareness and acceptance of CAM by carers of children with gastroenterology conditions is high. SN - 1440-1754 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21658145/Complementary_and_alternative_medicine_in_children_attending_gastroenterology_clinics:_usage_patterns_and_reasons_for_use_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02100.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -