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Australian adults use complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of chronic illness: a national study.
Aust N Z J Public Health. 2011 Aug; 35(4):384-90.AN

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this study were to identify the prevalence of the use of vitamin/mineral supplements or natural/herbal remedies, concurrent use of pharmaceutical medication, and to profile those most likely to use these complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) in the treatment of five chronic conditions identified as national health priorities (asthma, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart or circulatory condition) within the Australian adult population.

METHODS

Analysis of the Australian National Health Survey database, 2004-05.

RESULTS

Approximately 24% (1.3 million) of Australian adults with a chronic condition regularly applied CAM to treatment. CAM was most often used exclusively or in combination with pharmaceutical medicine in the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis. Fewer than 10% of adults with asthma, diabetes or a heart or circulatory condition used CAM, most preferring pharmaceutical medicine. Regular CAM users were more likely to be aged ≥60, female, have a secondary school education and live in households with lower incomes than non-users. Non-users were more likely to be 30-59 years old and tertiary educated.

CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS

Arthritis, osteoporosis and, to a lesser extent, heart or circulatory conditions are illnesses for which doctors should advise, and patients need to be most aware about the full effects of CAM and possible interactive effects with prescribed medicine. They are also conditions for which research into the interactive effects of CAM and pharmaceutical medication would seem of most immediate benefit.

Authors+Show Affiliations

National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, University of Canberra, Australian National Territory, Australia. andrew74.psy@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21806735

Citation

Armstrong, Andrew R., et al. "Australian Adults Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Chronic Illness: a National Study." Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 35, no. 4, 2011, pp. 384-90.
Armstrong AR, Thiébaut SP, Brown LJ, et al. Australian adults use complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of chronic illness: a national study. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2011;35(4):384-90.
Armstrong, A. R., Thiébaut, S. P., Brown, L. J., & Nepal, B. (2011). Australian adults use complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of chronic illness: a national study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(4), 384-90. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00745.x
Armstrong AR, et al. Australian Adults Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Chronic Illness: a National Study. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2011;35(4):384-90. PubMed PMID: 21806735.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Australian adults use complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of chronic illness: a national study. AU - Armstrong,Andrew R, AU - Thiébaut,Sophie P, AU - Brown,Laurie J, AU - Nepal,Binod, PY - 2011/8/3/entrez PY - 2011/8/3/pubmed PY - 2011/11/10/medline SP - 384 EP - 90 JF - Australian and New Zealand journal of public health JO - Aust N Z J Public Health VL - 35 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to identify the prevalence of the use of vitamin/mineral supplements or natural/herbal remedies, concurrent use of pharmaceutical medication, and to profile those most likely to use these complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) in the treatment of five chronic conditions identified as national health priorities (asthma, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart or circulatory condition) within the Australian adult population. METHODS: Analysis of the Australian National Health Survey database, 2004-05. RESULTS: Approximately 24% (1.3 million) of Australian adults with a chronic condition regularly applied CAM to treatment. CAM was most often used exclusively or in combination with pharmaceutical medicine in the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis. Fewer than 10% of adults with asthma, diabetes or a heart or circulatory condition used CAM, most preferring pharmaceutical medicine. Regular CAM users were more likely to be aged ≥60, female, have a secondary school education and live in households with lower incomes than non-users. Non-users were more likely to be 30-59 years old and tertiary educated. CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS: Arthritis, osteoporosis and, to a lesser extent, heart or circulatory conditions are illnesses for which doctors should advise, and patients need to be most aware about the full effects of CAM and possible interactive effects with prescribed medicine. They are also conditions for which research into the interactive effects of CAM and pharmaceutical medication would seem of most immediate benefit. SN - 1753-6405 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21806735/Australian_adults_use_complementary_and_alternative_medicine_in_the_treatment_of_chronic_illness:_a_national_study_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00745.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -