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The use of complementary and alternative medications by menopausal women in South East Queensland

Gollschewski, Sara E., Anderson, Debra J., Skerman, Helen M., & Lyons-Wall, Philippa (2004) The use of complementary and alternative medications by menopausal women in South East Queensland. Womens Health Issues, 14(5), pp. 165-171.

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify the prevalence and types of complementary and alternativemedications (CAMs) used by women during menopause and explore potential associationsbetween CAM use and menopausal symptoms. Analysis was undertaken with 886 randomlyselected menopausal women aged 47–67 years who participated in a postal questionnaire onthe menopause experience. The prevalence of CAM use was relatively high (82.5%), withnutrition most commonly cited (67%), followed by phytoestrogens (56%), herbal therapies(41%), and CAM medications (25%). Multivariate analysis adjusted for confounders revealedthat women who consumed CAM medications were 17–23% more likely to report anxiety(p .019) or vasomotor symptoms (p .013). Women who used herbal therapies (p .009) orphytoestrogens (p .030) were 13–16% more likely to experience vasomotor symptoms.Women who used nutrition were 18% more likely to experience anxiety (p .049). Theseresults highlight the importance for health professionals to incorporate CAMs into theirpractice to better inform menopausal women of their treatment choices.

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ID Code: 1146
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: complementary and alternative medications (CAMs), menopause, menopausal symptoms, women aged 47–67 years, postal questionnaire, nutrition, phytoestrogens, herbal therapies, CAM medications, anxiety, vasomotor symptoms, herbal therapies, phytoestrogens, CAMS in Health practice, patient education, treatment choices
DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2004.08.001
ISSN: 1049-3867
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE (110400)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 May 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:07

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