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The utilization of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine for non-communicable diseases and mental disorders in health care patients in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2016
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Title
The utilization of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine for non-communicable diseases and mental disorders in health care patients in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam
Published in
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12906-016-1078-0
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Authors

Karl Peltzer, Supa Pengpid, Apa Puckpinyo, Siyan Yi, Le Vu Anh

Abstract

The purpose of our study was to determine the prevalence of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) use in patients with chronic diseases in lower Mekong countries. A cross-sectional study was conducted in a health care setting using a random sample of 4799 adult patients (Mean age: 52.3 years, SD = 22.7) with chronic diseases in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. The measure included the International Questionnaire to measure usage of complementary and alternative medicine (I-CAM). The 1 year prevalence of consulting TCAM providers was 26.0 %; 27.0 % in Cambodia, 26.3 % in Thailand, 23.9 % in Vietnam. The most commonly consulted TCAM providers were the herbalist (17.3 %), massage therapist (6.0 %), and acupuncturist (5.5 %). For all different types of TCAM providers more than 80 % of participants perceived the consultation as very or somewhat helpful. The own use of herbal medicine was 41.0 %, own use of vitamins 26.5 % and the own use of other supplements 9.7 % in the past 12 months. The most common self-help practices in the past 12 months included praying for your own health (30.1 %), meditation (13.9 %) and relaxation techniques (9.9 %). In multivariate logistic regression analyses, older age, rural residence and having two or more chronic conditions was associated with the use a TCAM provider; being female, urban residence, residing in Vietnam and having two or more chronic conditions was associated with the use of TCAM products; and being female, older age, rural residence, higher formal education, and residing in Cambodia was associated with the use of TCAM self-help practices. TCAM use is common among chronic disease patients in lower Mekong countries and is associated with several sociodemographic and disease specific factors.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
South Africa 1 <1%
Unknown 127 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 17%
Lecturer 19 15%
Student > Bachelor 15 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 10%
Researcher 12 9%
Other 21 16%
Unknown 26 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 34 27%
Medicine and Dentistry 26 20%
Social Sciences 8 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 7 5%
Psychology 7 5%
Other 20 16%
Unknown 26 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 March 2016.
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#2,405,234
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Outputs from BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
#638
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Outputs of similar age
#85,319
of 284,839 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
#16
of 56 outputs
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