Journal article

Survey of complementary and alternative medicine use at a tertiary children's hospital

A Lim, N Cranswick, S Skull, M South

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within the Australian community is common. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and pattern of CAM usage in children attending a tertiary children's hospital. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of children attending the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Children were identified by consecutive acute admissions and attendance at outpatient clinics. A structured questionnaire with items about the use of CAM in the preceding year was administered by means of a face-to-face interview. RESULTS: Based on the 503 children surveyed, 51% reported CAM use in the preceding year. Forty-three percent ..

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