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J Asthma. 2007 Apr;44(3):169-75.

Complementary and alternative medicine use in children with asthma: prevalence and sociodemographic profile of users.

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Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA. kimberly.arcoleo@asu.edu

Abstract

Research on complementary and alternative medicine use in children with asthma is in its infancy. This study examined the prevalence, types of CAM used and sociodemographic differences in CAM use among children 5-12 years with asthma. 65% of parents reported using CAM. Usage was highest among black, poor, lesser educated parents and children with persistent symptoms. Types of CAM differed by poverty and a trend for differences by race and education emerged. Health care providers who educate themselves on CAM therapies parents use for asthma can then discuss the implications of using these therapies and potentially improve adherence to the prescribed medication regimen.

PMID:
17454333
DOI:
10.1080/02770900701209640
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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