Australians with osteoarthritis; the use of and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicines

Martin Basedow, WB Runciman, Lyn March, Adrian Esterman

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    Abstract

    Objectives: To investigate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use amongst a cohort of osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers and to explore reasons for use. Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was used to assess CAM use and its relationship with self-rated health status, patient knowledge of OA and attitudes towards OA management. Results: Sixty-nine percent of respondents (95% CI, 64%-73%) reported that they had tried CAM, with little difference between age groups and genders. Patients who had a better knowledge of their condition and excellent self-rated health were more likely to use CAM. An aversion to the side effects of conventional medicine, failure to engage in exercise, and a belief in the efficacy of CAM were the principal factors underlying use. Conclusion: As CAM use is a key component of the self-management strategies for a substantial proportion of Australians with OA, users need to be more fully informed about evidence of efficacy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-242
    Number of pages6
    JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
    Volume20
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

    Keywords

    • Attitudes
    • Complementary and alternative medicine
    • Osteoarthritis

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