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Women's use of complementary and alternative medicines during pregnancy: a cross-sectional study.

Hall, Hannah R and Jolly, Kate (2014) Women's use of complementary and alternative medicines during pregnancy: a cross-sectional study. Midwifery, 30 (5). pp. 499-505. ISSN 1532-3099. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their Athens login IDs

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

to determine the prevalence of women's use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) during pregnancy in the UK, reasons for use, who recommended CAM, and the characteristics of women that are associated with use of CAM during pregnancy.

DESIGN

cross-sectional questionnaire.

SETTING

Birmingham Women's Hospital.

PARTICIPANTS

315 postnatal women were surveyed while on the postnatal ward.

FINDINGS

the questionnaire response rate was 89% (315/355). CAM use during pregnancy was reported by 180 women (57.1%). CAM users differed significantly from non-CAM users by education level, parity and previous CAM use before pregnancy. Vitamins (34.9%), massage therapy (14.0%), yoga (11.1%) and relaxation (10.2%) were the most commonly reported uses of CAM. 33.0% of women reported they did not disclose their use of CAM to a doctor or midwife, and 81.3% were not asked by their doctor or midwife about their use of CAM during pregnancy.

KEY CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

this study found a high prevalence of CAM use during pregnancy, which is within the range of findings of studies from Australia and Germany. It is important that health-care providers routinely ask about CAM use during pregnancy and are able to provide pregnant women with appropriate advice regarding CAM use.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their Athens login IDs
Subjects: WQ Obstetrics. Midwifery
Divisions: Womens and Childrens > Obstetrics
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 13:45
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2014 13:45
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/497

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