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Title (Primary) Complementary and alternative medicine use among chronically ill adolescents from 2 German birth cohorts
Author Italia, S.; Brüske, I.; Heinrich, J.; Berdel, D.; von Berg, A.; Lehmann, I.; Standl, M.; Wolfenstetter, S.B.;
Journal Forschende Komplementärmedizin
Year 2016
Department IMMU;
Volume 23
Issue 4
Language englisch;
POF III (all) F11;
UFZ wide themes RU3;
Abstract Background: Pediatric use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is popular in Europe, and utilization may be even more prevalent in chronically ill children/adolescents. This study's aim is to assess CAM use among adolescents with chronic conditions. Methods: Data on drug utilization (past 4 weeks) and consultation with CAM providers (past year) were collected using a self-administered questionnaire from 4,677 adolescents from the German GINIplus/LISAplus birth cohorts. All reported drugs were classified into therapeutic categories (conventional drugs, homeopathy, herbal drugs, etc.). Additionally, participants were asked to list any chronic diseases (that were parent-reported, physician-verified diagnoses such as allergies, atopic dermatitis, asthma, or other chronic diseases) that they had had over the previous 5 years. Results: Compared with the total sample, drug utilization in general (60.1% vs. 41.1%), homeopathy use (11.1% vs. 8.1%), and consultation with CAM providers (16.9% vs. 10.9%) was significantly more prevalent among chronically ill adolescents. However, chronically ill adolescents used relatively (proportion of the defined therapeutic category among all drugs used) more conventional drugs than healthy adolescents. Conclusion: Compared with healthy adolescents, CAM use is more prevalent among adolescents with chronic conditions. Nevertheless, CAM may predominantly be used as a complementary treatment option rather than substituting conventional drugs.
ID 17934
Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=17934
Italia, S., Brüske, I., Heinrich, J., Berdel, D., von Berg, A., Lehmann, I., Standl, M., Wolfenstetter, S.B. (2016):
Complementary and alternative medicine use among chronically ill adolescents from 2 German birth cohorts
Forsch. Komplement.med. 23 (4), 246 - 252