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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005 Apr;52(4):589-94.

Use of complementary medicine among outpatients with dermatologic conditions within Yorkshire and South Wales, United Kingdom.

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Dermatology Department of The General Infirmary, Leeds, United Kingdom.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing throughout the Western world, particularly by patients with chronic disease. In 1999, 20% of the United Kingdom population reported that they had used CAM in the preceding 12 months.

OBJECTIVES:

We sought to investigate the use of CAM by outpatients with general dermatologic conditions in 3 United Kingdom cities: Leeds (North England), and Cardiff and Swansea (South Wales).

METHODS:

Independently constructed, anonymous, self-directed questionnaires were designed and distributed to 400 consecutive outpatients with dermatologic conditions in Leeds and 637 consecutive outpatients with dermatologic conditions in Cardiff and Swansea.

RESULTS:

In Leeds 302/400 questionnaires were fully completed with 39% patients having used CAM. In South Wales 415/637 questionnaires were fully completed with 34% having used CAM. Of these, 45% of patients in Leeds and 50% of patients in South Wales were using CAM to treat their dermatologic condition. The most popular treatments in Leeds, Cardiff, and Swansea were herbal medicine and homeopathy.

LIMITATIONS:

These results were obtained from outpatients with dermatologic conditions in the United Kingdom and may not be applicable to other populations.

CONCLUSIONS:

More than one third of outpatients with general dermatologic conditions in two geographically distant regions are using CAM. More than 45% of these patients used CAM to treat their dermatologic condition.

PMID:
15793507
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2004.11.058
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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