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Överskrift Use of alternative therapies among emergency department patients
Upplaga 35(3)
Sidor 226-8
Överskrift Use of alternative therapies among emergency department patients
Beskrivning STUDY OBJECTIVE: To assess emergency department patients' use of alternative therapies. METHODS: This study used a cross-sectional observational survey of a convenience sample of ED patients. A trained research assistant administered a written questionnaire asking patients about alternative therapies. RESULTS: Of the 139 patients surveyed, 78 (56%) had tried alternative therapies in the past, 68 (87%) of whom believed that they were effective. The most frequently tried alternative therapies were massage therapy (31%), chiropractic (30%), herbs (24%), meditation (19%), and acupuncture (15%). Most patients (70%) who tried alternative therapies did not inform their physicians of such practice. CONCLUSION: Most ED patients in our sample had tried alternative therapies and among these patients, most did not inform their physicians. Herbal therapy in particular had been tried by about 1 in 4 patients. Emergency physicians should routinely question their patients regarding the use of alternative therapies, particularly herbal preparations, which may cause adverse effects.
Källa Ann Emerg Med
Publicerad 2000
Författare Gulla J, Mackereth P., Singer AJ

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