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[Use of alternative treatments by patients with multiple sclerosis].
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 1994 Feb 05; 138(6):296-9.NT

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Survey on the use of alternative treatments by patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

SETTING

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

DESIGN

Descriptive.

METHOD

A structured telephone interview was conducted with 100 MS patients randomly selected from the membership list of the Dutch Multiple Sclerosis Society.

RESULTS

At the time of the survey 26% of the 88 respondents reported current use of alternative treatments. An additional 42% reported use of alternative treatments in the past, but had ceased to take them. The currently most frequently used treatment was homeopathy followed by vitamin treatments, paranormal treatments and phytotherapy. The treatments most used in the past were paranormal treatments, homeopathic remedies and enzyme therapy. Recommendations by friends and relatives were strong incentives to start alternative treatment. Patients ceased using these treatments when the treatments proved ineffective. In general, the current users of alternative treatments had a favourable impression of their alternative therapist.

CONCLUSION

When compared with patients with other chronic diseases, the use of alternative treatments by MS patients is high.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Vrije Universiteit, vakgroep Medische Psychologie, Amsterdam.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

English Abstract
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

dut

PubMed ID

8121512

Citation

van der Ploeg, H M., et al. "[Use of Alternative Treatments By Patients With Multiple Sclerosis]." Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde, vol. 138, no. 6, 1994, pp. 296-9.
van der Ploeg HM, Molenaar MJ, van Tiggelen CW. [Use of alternative treatments by patients with multiple sclerosis]. Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 1994;138(6):296-9.
van der Ploeg, H. M., Molenaar, M. J., & van Tiggelen, C. W. (1994). [Use of alternative treatments by patients with multiple sclerosis]. Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde, 138(6), 296-9.
van der Ploeg HM, Molenaar MJ, van Tiggelen CW. [Use of Alternative Treatments By Patients With Multiple Sclerosis]. Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 1994 Feb 5;138(6):296-9. PubMed PMID: 8121512.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Use of alternative treatments by patients with multiple sclerosis]. AU - van der Ploeg,H M, AU - Molenaar,M J, AU - van Tiggelen,C W, PY - 1994/2/5/pubmed PY - 1994/2/5/medline PY - 1994/2/5/entrez SP - 296 EP - 9 JF - Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde JO - Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd VL - 138 IS - 6 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Survey on the use of alternative treatments by patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). SETTING: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. DESIGN: Descriptive. METHOD: A structured telephone interview was conducted with 100 MS patients randomly selected from the membership list of the Dutch Multiple Sclerosis Society. RESULTS: At the time of the survey 26% of the 88 respondents reported current use of alternative treatments. An additional 42% reported use of alternative treatments in the past, but had ceased to take them. The currently most frequently used treatment was homeopathy followed by vitamin treatments, paranormal treatments and phytotherapy. The treatments most used in the past were paranormal treatments, homeopathic remedies and enzyme therapy. Recommendations by friends and relatives were strong incentives to start alternative treatment. Patients ceased using these treatments when the treatments proved ineffective. In general, the current users of alternative treatments had a favourable impression of their alternative therapist. CONCLUSION: When compared with patients with other chronic diseases, the use of alternative treatments by MS patients is high. SN - 0028-2162 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8121512/[Use_of_alternative_treatments_by_patients_with_multiple_sclerosis]_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/4969 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -