Share This Article:

Complementary and alternative medicine use by Japanese children with pediatric surgical diseases

Abstract Full-Text HTML Download Download as PDF (Size:61KB) PP. 49-53
DOI: 10.4236/ojped.2013.32010    3,502 Downloads   5,447 Views   Citations

ABSTRACT

Background: This study aimed to survey the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in Japanese children with major pediatric surgical diseases. Methods: This survey was mailed to each family of 355 patients. Results: One hundred fifty-three (43%) of 355 mailed questionnaires were completely returned. Forty-one (27%) of 153 parents responded that they used CAM for their child. There was no significant difference in CAM use according to sex, mean age, follow-up duration, family CAM users, and associated disorders between CAM users and non-users. Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) were significantly more likely to use CAM than children without IBD (65% vs 21%, p = 0.0001). Only 20% of parents informed the attending physicians about CAM before its use. Conclusions: It is important for physicians caring for children with pediatric surgical disease, especially IBD, to be familiar with common forms of CAM.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Cite this paper

Uchida, K. , Inoue, M. , Otake, K. , Koike, Y. and Kusunoki, M. (2013) Complementary and alternative medicine use by Japanese children with pediatric surgical diseases. Open Journal of Pediatrics, 3, 49-53. doi: 10.4236/ojped.2013.32010.

References

[1] Eisenberg, D.M., Kessler, R.C., Foster, C., et al. (1993) Unconventional medicine in the United States. Prevalence, costs, and patterns of use. The New England Journal of Medicine, 328, 246-252. doi:10.1056/NEJM199301283280406
[2] Eisenberg, D.M., Davis, R.B., Ettner, S.L., et al. (1998) Trends in alternative medicine use in the United States, 1990-1997: Results of a follow-up national survey. JAMA, 280, 1569-1575. doi:10.1001/jama.280.18.1569
[3] Wilson, K.M., Klein, J.D., Sesselberg, T.S., et al. (2006) Use of complementary medicine and dietary supplements among U.S. adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 38, 385-394. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2005.01.010
[4] Spigelblatt, L., Lainé-Ammara, G., Pless, I.B., et al. (1994) The use of alternative medicine by children. Pediatrics, 94, 811-814.
[5] Kemper, K.J., Cassileth, B. and Ferris, T. (1999) Holistic pediatrics: A research agenda. Pediatrics, 103, 902-909.
[6] Birdee, G.S., Phillips, R.S., Davis, R.B., et al. (2010) Factors associated with pediatric use of complementary and alternative medicine. Pediatrics, 125, 249-256. doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1406
[7] Coton, S., Humenay Roberts, Y., Tsevat, J., et al. (2010) Mind-body complementary alternative medicine use and quality of life in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 16, 501-506.
[8] Hilsden, R.J., Verhoef, M.J., Rasmussen, H., et al. (2011) Use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 17, 655-662. doi:10.1002/ibd.21360
[9] Sencer, S.F. and Kelly, K.M. (2007) Complementary and alternative therapies in pediatric oncology. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 54, 1043-1060. doi:10.1016/j.pcl.2007.10.007
[10] Wong, A.P., Clark, A.L., Garnett, E.A., et al. (2009) Use of complementary medicine in pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease: Results from a multicenter survey. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 48, 55-60. doi:10.1097/MPG.0b013e318169330f
[11] Sanders, H., Davis, M.F., Duncan, B., et al. (2003) Use of complementary and alternative medical therapies among children with special health care needs in southern Arizona. Pediatrics, 111, 584-587. doi:10.1542/peds.111.3.584
[12] Moher, D., Soeken, K., Sampson, M., et al. (2002) Assessing the quality of reports of systematic reviews in pediatric complementary and alternative medicine. BMC Pediatrics, 2, 3. doi:10.1186/1471-2431-2-3
[13] Pitetti, R., Singh, S., Hornyak, D., et al. (2001) Complementary and alternative medicine use in children. Pediatric Emergency Care, 17, 165-169. doi:10.1097/00006565-200106000-00004
[14] Losier, A., Taylor, B. and Fernandez, C.V. (2005) Use of alternative therapies by patients presenting to a pediatric emergency department. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 28, 267-271. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2004.11.019
[15] McCann, L.J. and Newell, S.J. (2006) Survey of paediatric complementary and alternative medicine use in health and chronic illness. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 91, 173-174. doi:10.1136/adc.2004.052514
[16] Heuschkel, R., Afzal, N., Wuerth, A., et al. (2002) Complementary medicine use in children and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 97, 382-388. doi:10.1111/j.1572-0241.2002.05474.x
[17] Bishop, F.L., Prescott, P., Chan, Y.K., et al. (2010) Prevalence of complementary medicine use in pediatric cancer: A systematic review. Pediatrics, 125, 768-776. doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1775
[18] Joos, S., Rosemann, T., Szecsenyi, J., et al. (2006) Use of complementary and alternative medicine in Germany: A survey of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 6, 19. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-6-19
[19] Cincotta, D.R., Crawford, N.W., Lim, A., et al. (2006) Comparison of complementary and alternative medicine use: Reasons and motivations between two tertiary children’s hospitals. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 91, 153-158. doi:10.1136/adc.2005.074872
[20] Day, A.S., Whitten, K.E. and Bohane, T.D. (2004) Use of complementary and alternative medicines by children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40, 681-684. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2004.00510.x
[21] Barnes, P.M., Bloom, B. and Nahin, R.L. (2007) Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults and children: United States, 2007. National Health Statistics Reports, 12, 1-23.
[22] Braganza, S., Ozuah, P.O. and Sharif, I. (2003) The use of complementary therapies in inner-city asthmatic children. Journal of Asthma, 40, 823-827. doi:10.1081/JAS-120023574
[23] Hamidah, A., Rustam, Z.A., Tamil, A.M., et al. (2009) Prevalence and parental perceptions of complementary and alternative medicine use by children with cancer in a multi-ethnic Southeast Asian population. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 52, 70-74. doi:10.1002/pbc.21798
[24] Laengler, A., Spix, C., Seifert, G., et al. (2008) Complementary and alternative treatment methods in children with cancer: A population-based retrospective survey on the prevalence of use in Germany. European Journal of Cancer, 44, 2233-2240. doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2008.07.020
[25] Sibinga, E.M., Shindell, D.L., Casella, J.F., et al. (2006) Pediatric patients with sickle cell disease: Use of complementary and alternative therapies. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12, 291-298. doi:10.1089/acm.2006.12.291
[26] Sibinga, E.M., Ottolini, M.C., Duggan, A.K., et al. (2004) Parent-pediatrician communication about complementary and alternative medicine use for children. Clinical Pediatrics, 43, 367-373. doi:10.1177/000992280404300408
[27] Dokken, D. and Sydnor-Greenberg, N. (2000) Exploring complementary and alternative medicine in pediatrics: Parents and professionals working together for new understanding. Pediatric Nursing Journal, 26, 383-390.
[28] Committee on Children with Disabilities (2010) American Academy of Pediatrics: Counseling families who choose complementary and alternative medicine for their child with chronic illness or disability. Committee on Children with Disabilities. Pediatrics, 107, 598-601.
[29] O’Keefe, M. and Coat, S. (2010) Increasing health-care options: The perspectives of parents who use complementary and alternative medicines. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 46, 296-300. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01711.x

  
comments powered by Disqus

Copyright © 2018 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.