The characteristics of complementary and alternative medicine use by parents of asthmatic children in Southern Israel

Lilach Singer, Isabella Karakis, Lital Ivri, Michal Gross, Arkady Bolotin, Eli Gazala

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study was to estimate the rate and describe the characteristics of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by children with asthma in a paediatric primary care clinic in southern Israel. Method: A cross-sectional study including 252 asthmatic children aged 2-12-years was conducted. Socio-demographic data and asthma history were collected using a telephone questionnaire. Computerized medical records were used to complete the data. Results: Sixteen percent (95% CI 11.5-20.5) of the asthmatic children participating in this study used CAM; most popular were homeopathy (36.6%) and reflexology (14.6%). According to multivariate model, CAM use was more prevalent in families in which fathers had professional training (OR = 4.9, 95% CI 1.82-13.02, p = 0.002), mothers were employed (OR = 4.1, 95% CI 1.018-16.1, p = 0.047), and origin of maternal grandfathers was European (OR = 4.7, 95% CI 1.86-11.8, p = 0.001). Families who used CAM, also more frequently sought rabbinical advice (OR = 11.9, 95% CI 2.94-47.7, p = 0.001). Conclusions: The prevalence of CAM use found in this study is lower than seen in other Western countries. The 'average family' using CAM to treat its asthmatic child includes an educated father, an employed mother and maternal grandfather from Europe, and would more often seek rabbi's advice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1693-1697
Number of pages5
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Volume96
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Alternative medicine
  • Asthma
  • Complementary medicine
  • Management
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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