alexa Evaluation of the use of complementary and alternative medicine in the largest United States-Mexico border city.
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Epidemiology: Open Access

Author(s): Rivera JO, Ortiz M, Lawson ME, Verma KM

Abstract Share this page

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

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version