Factors affecting the use of complementary and alternative medicine among Japanese university students

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Factors affecting the use of complementary and alternative medicine among Japanese university students
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Abstract
BACKGROUND:

Patients suffering from intractable diseases and individuals seeking relief from mild symptoms resort to treatments outside the modern medical paradigm, such as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In order to improve doctor-patient communication about CAM, it is essential to evaluate CAM usage among social groups likely to choose it in the future. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate how university students - individuals highly subject to future CAM usage - perceive CAM and the factors affecting their choice of CAM use.
METHODS:

We conducted a questionnaire survey with 1,096 Japanese university students not studying medical subjects.
RESULTS:

The term CAM was known to 11% of the subjects. Modalities they most associated with CAM were art therapy (353 subjects), hot spring therapy (349), and aromatherapy (345). They had experience taking vitamins, trace elements, other supplements (498), and nutritional drinks (483). Several subjects wanted to experience shiatsu massage (373) and hot spring therapy (303). Multiple regression analysis of the modalities that the subjects wanted to experience revealed a 42% multiple coefficient of determination for prioritizing modalities that the subject associated with CAM, showing a large contribution of this deciding factor.
CONCLUSIONS:

Although most subjects were not familiar with the term CAM, many of them had decided to ingest substances in the CAM category on the basis of self-judgment and without adequate knowledge. Because such behavior can be detrimental to health, medical professionals should be aware of CAM usage among their patients and seek effective communication with them in order to enable safe CAM practice.

(医博乙273)

Author
著者 氏家 靖浩
著者(ヨミ) ウジイエ ヤスヒロ
著者(別表記) Ujiie Yasuhiro
Publication Title
Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Publication Title Alternative
J Complement Integr Med.
Volume
12
Issue
1
Start Page
89
End Page
94
Publisher
De Gruyter
Published Date
2014-10-21
ISSN
1553-3840
PMID
25332299
DOI
10.1515/jcim-2014-0003
Resource Type
Thesis or Dissertation
Language
eng
Resource URL
https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2014-0003
Rights
"This is the following article: Factors affecting the use of complementary and alternative medicine among Japanese university students; Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine; Volume 12 Number 1 (2014) Pages: 89-94; doi: 10.1515/jcim-2014-0003, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2014-0003 . "
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Grant ID
博乙第273号
Grant Date
2015-07-15
Degree Name
博士(医学)
Grantor
香川大学
Set
香川大学
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