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Reumatol Clin. 2006 Jul;2(4):183-9. doi: 10.1016/S1699-258X(06)73044-3. Epub 2008 Dec 10.

[Complementary and alternative medicine in patients attending a rheumatology department for the first time. Analysis of 800 patients].

[Article in Spanish]

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Servicio de Reumatología. Hospital General de México. México DF. México.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the frequency of the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients attending a rheumatology department in a general hospital for the first time.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

We included consecutive patients attending our rheumatology department for the first time. All the patients completed a self-administered questionnaire containing items on demographic data, and prior diagnosis. The patients were also given a list of 22 different CAM and marked those they had previously used.

RESULTS:

Eight hundred patients were studied. Eighty percent were women. The mean age was 44.8±14.9 years and the mean number of years of education was 7±4. The main diagnoses were osteoarthritis (29.4%), rheumatoid arthritis (22.3%), and fibromyalgia (6.5%). Seventy-one percent had previously used CAM, with a median of two (0-14) different types. The most common were vitamin supplements (38%), arnica (18%), Aloe vera (15%) and homeopathy (15%). No significant differences were found in sex, age, educational level, or diagnosis. The use of CAM was more frequent in patients with longer disease duration.

CONCLUSIONS:

The frequency of use of CAM is high in patient with rheumatologic manifestations.

PMID:
21794326
DOI:
10.1016/S1699-258X(06)73044-3
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