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Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults with work-related and non-work-related asthma.
J Asthma. 2012 Feb; 49(1):107-13.JA

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among adults with current asthma has been estimated to be 40%. To our knowledge, there is no information on the prevalence of CAM use among individuals with work-related asthma (WRA).

OBJECTIVES

To examine the associations between WRA, CAM use, and adverse asthma events.

METHODS

We analyzed data from the 2006-2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Asthma Call-Back Survey from 37 states and the District of Columbia for ever-employed adults with current asthma. We defined WRA as health-professional-diagnosed WRA. We calculated prevalence ratios (PRs) adjusted for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, income, health insurance, and geographic region of residence.

RESULTS

Of ever-employed adults with current asthma, an estimated 38.1% used CAM and 8.6% had WRA. An estimated 56.6% of individuals with WRA reported using CAM compared with 27.9% of those with non-WRA (PR = 2.0). People with WRA were more likely than those with non-WRA to have adverse asthma events including an asthma attack in the past month (PR = 1.43), urgent treatment for worsening asthma (PR = 1.74), emergency room visit (PR = 1.95), overnight hospital stay (PR = 2.49), and poorly controlled asthma (PR = 1.27). The associations of WRA with adverse asthma events remained after stratifying for CAM use.

CONCLUSIONS

Compared with non-WRA, individuals with WRA were more likely to use CAM to control their asthma. However, there was no evidence that the use of CAM modified the association of WRA with adverse asthma events.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA. ipb8@cdc.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22126603

Citation

Knoeller, Gretchen E., et al. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults With Work-related and Non-work-related Asthma." The Journal of Asthma : Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma, vol. 49, no. 1, 2012, pp. 107-13.
Knoeller GE, Mazurek JM, Moorman JE. Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults with work-related and non-work-related asthma. J Asthma. 2012;49(1):107-13.
Knoeller, G. E., Mazurek, J. M., & Moorman, J. E. (2012). Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults with work-related and non-work-related asthma. The Journal of Asthma : Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma, 49(1), 107-13. https://doi.org/10.3109/02770903.2011.637597
Knoeller GE, Mazurek JM, Moorman JE. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults With Work-related and Non-work-related Asthma. J Asthma. 2012;49(1):107-13. PubMed PMID: 22126603.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults with work-related and non-work-related asthma. AU - Knoeller,Gretchen E, AU - Mazurek,Jacek M, AU - Moorman,Jeanne E, Y1 - 2011/11/30/ PY - 2011/12/1/entrez PY - 2011/12/1/pubmed PY - 2012/3/1/medline SP - 107 EP - 13 JF - The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma JO - J Asthma VL - 49 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among adults with current asthma has been estimated to be 40%. To our knowledge, there is no information on the prevalence of CAM use among individuals with work-related asthma (WRA). OBJECTIVES: To examine the associations between WRA, CAM use, and adverse asthma events. METHODS: We analyzed data from the 2006-2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Asthma Call-Back Survey from 37 states and the District of Columbia for ever-employed adults with current asthma. We defined WRA as health-professional-diagnosed WRA. We calculated prevalence ratios (PRs) adjusted for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, income, health insurance, and geographic region of residence. RESULTS: Of ever-employed adults with current asthma, an estimated 38.1% used CAM and 8.6% had WRA. An estimated 56.6% of individuals with WRA reported using CAM compared with 27.9% of those with non-WRA (PR = 2.0). People with WRA were more likely than those with non-WRA to have adverse asthma events including an asthma attack in the past month (PR = 1.43), urgent treatment for worsening asthma (PR = 1.74), emergency room visit (PR = 1.95), overnight hospital stay (PR = 2.49), and poorly controlled asthma (PR = 1.27). The associations of WRA with adverse asthma events remained after stratifying for CAM use. CONCLUSIONS: Compared with non-WRA, individuals with WRA were more likely to use CAM to control their asthma. However, there was no evidence that the use of CAM modified the association of WRA with adverse asthma events. SN - 1532-4303 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22126603/Complementary_and_alternative_medicine_use_among_adults_with_work_related_and_non_work_related_asthma_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/02770903.2011.637597 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -