Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among People with Type 2 Diabetes in Taiwan: A Cross-Sectional Survey

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Title Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among People with Type 2 Diabetes in Taiwan: A Cross-Sectional Survey
Author Chang, Hsiao-Yun Annie; Wallis, Marianne; Tiralongo, Evelin
Journal Name Evidence - Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Abstract Research into CAM use by people with diabetes is limited. This study explored CAM use among patients who attend diabetic clinics for followup treatment. Special attention was paid to patients' changing patterns of CAM use before and after diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes, their experience of CAM use, and their management of CAM use with conventional medicines. A retrospective cross-sectional survey (n = 326) was undertaken in three census regions in Taiwan, including metropolitan, urban, and rural areas in 2006-7 (87.4% response rate). Participants reported extensive use of CAM with conventional medicines. The prevalence of CAM use was 22.7% before and 61.0% after diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes with nutritional supplements being the most commonly used CAM before and after diagnosis. However, the disclosure rate of CAM use to healthcare professionals remained low (24.6%), and lack of knowledge about CAM ingredients was common (63.4%). Awareness of the widespread use of CAM by people with Type 2 diabetes is crucial for healthcare professionals. The self-administration of both conventional medicines and CAM without disclosure of CAM use to healthcare professionals may result in ineffective diabetes management and adverse effects. CAM information needs to be incorporated into clinical practice and patient and professional education.
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Volume 2011
Page from 983792-1
Page to 983792-8
ISSN 1741-427X
Date Accessioned 2011-01-31
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Molecular Basis of Disease
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Complementary/Alternative Medicine
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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