Complementary and alternative medicine use is prominent in the United States.
In this study, doctors evaluated the use of alternative therapies by children with inflammatory bowel disease in the Greater Philadelphia area.
The team assessed the specific types of therapies used, and whether certain demographic and disease-associated factors influence the degree of usage.
Over 80% of the families questioned returned the surveys.
|51% of patients reported some form of alternative medicine use.|
|Inflammatory Bowel Diseases|
The doctors found that 51% of patients reported some form of alternative medicine use within the previous year.
The team identified increased use in patients who had Crohn's disease, who used the internet for research on their disease, who reported poor quality of life, and who had increased school absences in the past year.
Dr Jonathan Markowitz's team concluded, "Therapies associated with alternative medicine use included biological and immunomodulatory therapy".
"Regression analysis revealed positive associations between use of alternative therapies and expenditure on nonprescription treatments, poor quality of life, internet research, and the need for calorie supplementation, whereas there was a negative association with history of prior surgery for inflammatory bowel disease."