The use of complementary and alternative medicine in an Irish cohort of people with an iatrogenic hepatitis C infection: Results from a health and lifestyle survey

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/324045
Title:
The use of complementary and alternative medicine in an Irish cohort of people with an iatrogenic hepatitis C infection: Results from a health and lifestyle survey
Authors:
Coughlan, Barbara M.; Thornton, Lelia M.; Murphy, Niamh; Tait, Michele A.; Flanagan, Paula C.; Kenny-Walsh, Elizabeth E.; O’Lorcain, Piaras P.
Affiliation:
UCD School Of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin
Citation:
Coughlan BM. The use of complementary and alternative medicine in an Irish cohort of people with an iatrogenic hepatitis C infection: Results from a health and lifestyle survey. Compl Ther Med 2014 June 30 [published online]
Publisher:
Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Journal:
Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Issue Date:
Jun-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/324045
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2014.06.007
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0965229914001058
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
A cohort of people with iatrogenic HCV infection, current or resolved, in Ireland have access to primary and secondary health care services, including specified complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services, free of charge. Objectives Information about their pattern of CAM usage and its association with various demographic and lifestyle factors, and current HCV status, was sought as part of a health and lifestyle survey, in order to provide information for health service planning. Design and methods The survey was carried out by self-administered postal questionnaire. The level of CAM usage was compared to an age- and sex-matched sample of the general population. Results The response was 48% (720/1485). Compared to the general population, the HCV population was significantly more likely to have attended a CAM practitioner (50.1% vs 23.9%, OR 3.2; 95% CI 2.7–3.9). Within the HCV population, multivariate analysis showed that females (OR 3.1; 95% CI 1.9–4.9), those who reported fibromyalgia (OR 2.7; 95% CI 1.8–3.9) and those who reported anxiety (OR 1.4; 95% CI 1.0–2.0) were significantly more likely to have used CAM, and smokers significantly less likely (OR 0.6; 95% CI 0.4–0.8). CAM attendance did not vary by current HCV status. Reflexology, acupuncture and massage were the most commonly used forms of CAM. Conclusions This study demonstrates that CAM services are used by a high proportion of people with iatrogenic chronic HCV. A more holistic approach to health care, using a biopsychosocial model framework, may better meet the physical and psychological health needs of this group.
Keywords:
HEPATITIS C; COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE
ISSN:
09652299

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dc.contributor.authorCoughlan, Barbara M.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorThornton, Lelia M.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Niamhen_GB
dc.contributor.authorTait, Michele A.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorFlanagan, Paula C.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorKenny-Walsh, Elizabeth E.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorO’Lorcain, Piaras P.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-31T11:24:03Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-31T11:24:03Z-
dc.date.issued2014-06-
dc.identifier.citationCoughlan BM. The use of complementary and alternative medicine in an Irish cohort of people with an iatrogenic hepatitis C infection: Results from a health and lifestyle survey. Compl Ther Med 2014 June 30 [published online]en_GB
dc.identifier.issn09652299-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ctim.2014.06.007-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/324045-
dc.descriptionA cohort of people with iatrogenic HCV infection, current or resolved, in Ireland have access to primary and secondary health care services, including specified complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services, free of charge. Objectives Information about their pattern of CAM usage and its association with various demographic and lifestyle factors, and current HCV status, was sought as part of a health and lifestyle survey, in order to provide information for health service planning. Design and methods The survey was carried out by self-administered postal questionnaire. The level of CAM usage was compared to an age- and sex-matched sample of the general population. Results The response was 48% (720/1485). Compared to the general population, the HCV population was significantly more likely to have attended a CAM practitioner (50.1% vs 23.9%, OR 3.2; 95% CI 2.7–3.9). Within the HCV population, multivariate analysis showed that females (OR 3.1; 95% CI 1.9–4.9), those who reported fibromyalgia (OR 2.7; 95% CI 1.8–3.9) and those who reported anxiety (OR 1.4; 95% CI 1.0–2.0) were significantly more likely to have used CAM, and smokers significantly less likely (OR 0.6; 95% CI 0.4–0.8). CAM attendance did not vary by current HCV status. Reflexology, acupuncture and massage were the most commonly used forms of CAM. Conclusions This study demonstrates that CAM services are used by a high proportion of people with iatrogenic chronic HCV. A more holistic approach to health care, using a biopsychosocial model framework, may better meet the physical and psychological health needs of this group.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherComplementary Therapies in Medicineen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0965229914001058en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Complementary Therapies in Medicineen_GB
dc.subjectHEPATITIS Cen_GB
dc.subjectCOMPLEMENTARY MEDICINEen_GB
dc.titleThe use of complementary and alternative medicine in an Irish cohort of people with an iatrogenic hepatitis C infection: Results from a health and lifestyle surveyen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUCD School Of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublinen_GB
dc.identifier.journalComplementary Therapies in Medicineen_GB
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