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The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in children: a telephone-based survey in Korea.

Authors
 Jung-Ha Kim  ;  Chung-Mo Nam  ;  Moo-Young Kim  ;  Duk-Chul Lee 
Citation
 BMC COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, Vol.12 : 46, 2012 
Journal Title
 BMC COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE 
Issue Date
2012
MeSH
Adolescent ; Adult ; Biological Products/therapeutic use* ; Child ; Child, Preschool ; Complementary Therapies/statistics & numerical data ; Complementary Therapies/utilization* ; Family Characteristics ; Female ; Health Care Surveys ; Humans ; Infant ; Interviews as Topic ; Korea ; Male ; Parents ; Patient Acceptance of Health Care* ; Patient Satisfaction* ; Physician-Patient Relations*
Keywords
Doctor Visit ; Korean Child ; Monthly Family Income ; Adult Family Member ; South Korean Child
Abstract
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence and patterns of CAM use in Korean children via a telephone based survey. We also investigated parent satisfaction, a proxy for their child, with CAM therapy and determined the factors affecting satisfaction with CAM use. METHODS: This study used a landline telephone-based survey to examine a random sample representative of Korean children, aged 0 to 18 years. We assigned and surveyed 2,000 subjects according to age group, gender, and geographical distributions by proportionate quota and systematic sampling of children throughout Korea in 2010. A household of 1,184 with a 18.6% response rate was projected to yield 2,077 completed data. We performed statistical analyses using sampling weight. RESULTS: The prevalence of CAM use was 65.3% for the Korean children in our sample population. The most commonly used CAM category was natural products (89.3%). More than half of CAM user's parents reported satisfaction with their therapies (52.7%), but only 29.1% among them had consulted a Western trained doctor regarding the CAM therapies used. Doctor visits were associated with lower satisfaction with CAM use but not with consultation rate with a doctor. CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggests that CAM is widely used among children in Korea. Medical doctors should actively discuss the use of CAM therapies with their patients and provide information on the safety and efficacy of diverse CAM modalities to guide the choices of CAM users.
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DOI
22515558
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Family Medicine (가정의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Moo Young(김무영)
Nam, Jung Mo(남정모) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0985-0928
Lee, Duk Chul(이덕철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9166-1813
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/89781
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