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Utilization of complementary and alternative medicine and conventional medicine for headache or migraine during pregnancy: A cross-sectional survey of 1,835 pregnant women.
Complement Ther Med. 2018 Dec; 41:192-195.CT

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Little is known about women's use of health services affected by headache or migraine during pregnancy. This paper directly addresses the research gap reporting on the healthcare utilization among Australian pregnant women experiencing headache or migraine.

DESIGN AND SETTING

In this retrospective observational study, data on 1,835 Australian pregnant women were obtained from the nationally-representative Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Information on quality of life and health seeking behaviors regarding conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine providers was identified among these participants. Factors associated with healthcare use were analyzed using regression analyses.

RESULTS

A total of 16% of the pregnant women surveyed experienced headache or migraine, and over 20% sought help from more than two types of healthcare practitioners for their headache or migraine. General practitioners (37.8%) were the most commonly consulted providers of pregnant women for their headache or migraine. Women with headache or migraine during pregnancy had worse health-related quality of life than those without. Education level and private health insurance status of pregnant women are the predictors of the use of healthcare practitioners for their management of headache or migraine (both p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS

Headache or migraine during pregnancy significantly impacts upon pregnant women's quality of life. The use of multiple healthcare practitioners, including conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, highlights the need for further research investigating health services utilization of pregnant women with headache or migraine in different severity and frequency to help inform effective and safe treatment.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Electronic address: Jon.Adams@uts.edu.au.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Observational Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30477838

Citation

Peng, Wenbo, et al. "Utilization of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Conventional Medicine for Headache or Migraine During Pregnancy: a Cross-sectional Survey of 1,835 Pregnant Women." Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 41, 2018, pp. 192-195.
Peng W, Lauche R, Frawley J, et al. Utilization of complementary and alternative medicine and conventional medicine for headache or migraine during pregnancy: A cross-sectional survey of 1,835 pregnant women. Complement Ther Med. 2018;41:192-195.
Peng, W., Lauche, R., Frawley, J., Sibbritt, D., & Adams, J. (2018). Utilization of complementary and alternative medicine and conventional medicine for headache or migraine during pregnancy: A cross-sectional survey of 1,835 pregnant women. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 41, 192-195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2018.09.027
Peng W, et al. Utilization of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Conventional Medicine for Headache or Migraine During Pregnancy: a Cross-sectional Survey of 1,835 Pregnant Women. Complement Ther Med. 2018;41:192-195. PubMed PMID: 30477838.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Utilization of complementary and alternative medicine and conventional medicine for headache or migraine during pregnancy: A cross-sectional survey of 1,835 pregnant women. AU - Peng,Wenbo, AU - Lauche,Romy, AU - Frawley,Jane, AU - Sibbritt,David, AU - Adams,Jon, Y1 - 2018/09/29/ PY - 2018/07/13/received PY - 2018/09/28/revised PY - 2018/09/28/accepted PY - 2018/11/28/entrez PY - 2018/11/28/pubmed PY - 2019/3/9/medline KW - Complementary and alternative medicine KW - Headache KW - Health services KW - Migraine KW - Pregnancy SP - 192 EP - 195 JF - Complementary therapies in medicine JO - Complement Ther Med VL - 41 N2 - OBJECTIVES: Little is known about women's use of health services affected by headache or migraine during pregnancy. This paper directly addresses the research gap reporting on the healthcare utilization among Australian pregnant women experiencing headache or migraine. DESIGN AND SETTING: In this retrospective observational study, data on 1,835 Australian pregnant women were obtained from the nationally-representative Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Information on quality of life and health seeking behaviors regarding conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine providers was identified among these participants. Factors associated with healthcare use were analyzed using regression analyses. RESULTS: A total of 16% of the pregnant women surveyed experienced headache or migraine, and over 20% sought help from more than two types of healthcare practitioners for their headache or migraine. General practitioners (37.8%) were the most commonly consulted providers of pregnant women for their headache or migraine. Women with headache or migraine during pregnancy had worse health-related quality of life than those without. Education level and private health insurance status of pregnant women are the predictors of the use of healthcare practitioners for their management of headache or migraine (both p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Headache or migraine during pregnancy significantly impacts upon pregnant women's quality of life. The use of multiple healthcare practitioners, including conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, highlights the need for further research investigating health services utilization of pregnant women with headache or migraine in different severity and frequency to help inform effective and safe treatment. SN - 1873-6963 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30477838/Utilization_of_complementary_and_alternative_medicine_and_conventional_medicine_for_headache_or_migraine_during_pregnancy:_A_cross_sectional_survey_of_1835_pregnant_women_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0965-2299(18)30680-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -