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Arthritis Care Res. 1993 Sep;6(3):149-55.

Factors affecting unprescribed remedy use among people with self-reported arthritis.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of the study is to determine the frequency and consequences of use of unprescribed remedies by people with self-reported osteoarthritis, and to find methods for predicting such use.

METHODS:

A random digit telephone survey was used to contact respondents. A 90-item questionnaire evaluated demographic characteristics, type of disorder, area affected, severity of problem, and symptoms encountered.

RESULTS:

Among 1,811 contacts, 21% had musculoskeletal complaints. Of those with self-reported musculoskeletal disorders, 84% had used at least one unprescribed remedy during the past 6 months. People with self-reported rheumatoid arthritis used more such remedies than those with self-reported osteoarthritis, and those with a greater degree of disability used more unprescribed remedies than those who were less affected. Unprescribed remedies were rated as effective as prescribed remedies.

CONCLUSIONS:

Unprescribed remedies are used frequently, particularly by those with painful and disabling arthritis. These remedies may be effective. Harmful and expensive remedies are used rarely.

PMID:
8130291
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