Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with arthritis in Saudi Arabia
Mohamed A Afify, Nazik A Tawfik, Nancy Adel
Background: There is limited data in regards to the prevalence of utilization the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) till recent years among adults diagnosed with chronic diseases, for example, arthritis that are treated by practioner. Methods: To assess the frequency and kinds of CAM treatment utilized by ladies and men with arthritis. We utilized delineated random selection to distinguish participants aged ≥18 years old through a questionnaire in Arabic among populations living in Saudi Arabia. The outcomes were presented as frequency and percentage. Results: 405 participants of both genders ageing ≥18 year old finished the surveys. Women were representing 88% of them and 78% were Saudi. 44% of participants were illiterate, while 22% were secondary school but 34 % were college graduated. Majority of them were single 232 (75%), while 169 (42%) were married. Most of participants 371 (91%) did not having any special habits but 27 (7%) were smokers. Some of participants 157 (39%) did not utilize any CAM treatment, while 150 (37%) using vitamins and minerals. The study recorded 55(13%), 23(6%), 11(3%), 8 (2%) of participants were utilizing nutrional supplements, venepuncture, oral herbs, topical herbs respectively. A higher extent of ladies had weak joint pain on short term duration. In addition, a higher proportion of participants who did not finished their education, not utilizing CAM. The most common kind of CAM was vitamins and minerals (n = 150), inspite of some of participants (n=157) did not use any CAM treatment. There were 55 out of 405 participants utilizing nutrional supplements, and 23 out of 405 participants using venepuncture. Regarding to co-morbidities the most of participants did not complain of any other health problems 193 (47.65%). The most widely recognized co-morbidity was hypertension 69 (17%) then Diabetes 41 (10%). Our outcomes uncovered that 158 (39%) of non-graduated and 134 (33%) of collage graduated participants did not utilize CAM. Conclusion: The arthritis patients utilized CAM to supplement conventional treatments. Health care suppliers should know about the high utilization of CAM and consolidate inquiries concerning its utilization into routine evaluations and treatment strategy.
Mohamed A Afify, Nazik A Tawfik, Nancy Adel. Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with arthritis in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine Research, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2021, Pages 04-08