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The use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with chronic hepatitis C.

Jacqueline A Richmond, Donald E Bailey, Keyur Patel, Janet A Jezsik, Andrew Muir, Jr-Rung Lin, Shein-Chung Chow, Diane Uzarski, John G McHutchison
Duke Clinical Research Institute and Division of Gastroenterology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 27705, USA. Electronic address: jacqui.richmond@svhm.org.au.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is expanding globally. However, prevalence of its use by patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) remains unclear. METHODS: An exploratory, descriptive study was conducted using a questionnaire and interview to describe the use of CAM by patients with CHC attending a liver clinic in the United States. RESULTS: Eighty percent (n = 120) had used CAM in the last 12 months, most often prayer for health reasons (63%), multivitamins (56%) and herbal medicine (25%). A higher level of education (p < 0.005), poorer health status (p < 0.002) and prior use of anti-viral therapy (p < 0.02) were predictors of CAM use. Participants used CAM to promote general health, but herbal medicine was used to treat CHC symptoms and prevent liver disease. CONCLUSION: Use of CAM is common among patients with CHC. Failure to acknowledge the use of CAM as a management strategy may restrict the health provider’s ability to provide optimal care.

Publication

  • Journal: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
  • Published: 01/08/2010
  • Volume: 16
  • Issue: 3
  • Pagination: 124-131

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