Use of antidepressants and complementary and alternative medicine among outpatients with depression in Taiwan

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Title Use of antidepressants and complementary and alternative medicine among outpatients with depression in Taiwan
Author Hsu, Mei-Chi; Moyle, Wendy; Creedy, Debra; Venturato, Lorraine; Ouyang, Wen-Chen; Tsay, Shiow-Luan
Journal Name Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
Editor Joyce J. Fitzpatrick PhD, RN, FAAN
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Understanding use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and antidepressants during patient's recovery for depression is important to enhance their psychological functioning and promote positive health care outcomes. This study investigated the use of antidepressant treatment and CAM in outpatients with depression 1 month after discharge from psychiatric hospitalization. Telephone surveys were conducted. Of the 201 participants, 50.2% reported using CAM 1 month after discharge. Nearly 41% (n = 82) used a combination of both antidepressant treatment and CAM after hospital discharge. The most commonly used CAMs were spiritual healing, relaxation techniques, and herbal medicine. Symptom relief was the top reason participants used CAM for depression. A number of factors were associated with higher odds of using CAM. CAM is often considered as a valued component of holistic care plan after discharge. It is important for nurses to identify the CAM approaches patients are using so that this information can assist in the education of patients and family about the benefits of contemporary treatments for depression, possible interactions when combining treatments, and the CAM and conventional medicine that can be helpful to relieve depression symptoms and psychological distress.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Volume 23
Issue Number 1
Page from 75
Page to 85
ISSN 0883-9417
Date Accessioned 2009-09-09
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Mental Health Nursing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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