Author(s): Rivera JO, Ortiz M, Lawson ME, Verma KM
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Abstract STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the El Paso, Texas, region. DESIGN: Prospective observational study conducted from April-October 2000. SETTING: Several hospitals and clinics. SUBJECTS: Five hundred forty-seven participants. INTERVENTION: Semi-structured interview with a bilingual questionnaire. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Complementary and alternative medicine was used in 77\% of our population. The most common CAM providers were massage therapists (19.4\%) and herbalists (12.4\%). The most common herbal or home remedies were chamomile (13.1\%) and aloe vera (8.5\%). The most common nutritional or commercial products were multivitamins (16\%), ginseng (3.6\%), and ginkgo biloba (2.8\%). We identified 599 CAM usages that could result in drug interactions, disease interactions, or adverse reactions. CONCLUSIONS: A wide range of CAM use was documented in this study. Our results indicate that Hispanics in this area use CAM at a higher rate than national trends. Many of these therapies can adversely affect a variety of disease states and drug therapies.
This article was published in Pharmacotherapy
and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access