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Prevalence of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Ambulatory Patients with Urologic Disorders

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  • 泌尿器科外来通院患者における補完代替医療利用実態の聞き取り調査
  • ヒニョウキカ ガイライツウイン カンジャ ニ オケル ホカン ダイタイ イリョウ リヨウ ジッタイ ノ キキトリ チョウサ

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Objective: The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients with various urologic disorders is unknown. We conducted the survey to determine the prevalence of CAM use in ambulatory patients.<br> Methods: We distributed questionnaires to 331 ambulatory patients with various urologic disorders in our department from March 10 to 31, 2004.<br> Results: One in third (30.5%) patients reported the use of at least one CAM. Patient age and gender were not associated with the frequency of the use of CAM. Although not statistically significant, patients with malignant disease showed a higher frequency of CAM use compared with patients with benign disease; 36.2% vs 27.0%, P=0.08. Among the CAM users, only 16 patients (15.8%) informed health care staff of their CAM use.<br> Conclusion: This result shows the current situation of CAM use in patients with urologic disorders. Because of the high prevalence, health care professionals should ask about patients' use of CAM.<br>

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