Use of Complementary/Alternative Therapies Among Children in Primary Care Pediatrics

Anju Sawni-Sikand, Howard Schubiner, Ronald L. Thomas
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics, March 2002, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1367/1539-4409(2002)002<0099:uocata>2.0.co;2

use of complementary/alternative therapies in children

What is it about?

To determine the prevalence of and factors associated with use of complementary/alternative therapies (CAM) by pediatric patients seeking primary care. A total of 1013 questionnaires were completed. The overall use of CAM was 12%. Factors in families associated with use of CAM were maternal age greater than 31 years, religious affiliation , and use of CAM by the parent/caretaker or.he most common types of CAM used were herbs (41%), prayer healing (37%), high-dose vitamin therapy and other nutritional supplements (34.5%), folk/home remedies (28%), massage therapy (19%), and chiropractic (18%). The majority of CAM users (66%) did not report the use of CAM to their primary care physician. CAM use is significant among children who visit pediatric practices. Pediatricians should inquire about CAM use among patients

Why is it important?

CAM use is increasing among adults and children in the USA. with prevalence among being 12% nationally. CAM use is significant among children who visit pediatric practices. Pediatricians should inquire about CAM use among patients, particularly those with ongoing medical problems and those with parents/caretakers who use CAM for themselves.

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