Utilization and perceived benefits of homeopathy and herbal therapies in U.S. adults: Implications of patient-centered care.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Nov;29:9-15
Authors: Rhee TG, Ng JY, Dusek JA
We evaluated reasons for and perceived benefits of using homeopathic and herbal therapies in U.S. adults. Data were collected from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, which represents non-institutionalized U.S. adults (n = 33,167 unweighted). In the past 12 months, 18.6% (41.95 million) of U.S. adults reported using either homeopathy and/or herbal therapies. Among these users, 34.8% and 5.1% used them for wellness only and treatment only, respectively. 60.1% reported using homeopathic and herbal therapies for a combination of both treatment and wellness. In four out of seven self-reported perceived benefit measures, users for wellness only and for a combination of both treatment and wellness had higher likelihood of reporting benefits, compared to those who used CAM for treatment only (p < 0.001). Overall, homeopathic and herbal therapies maybe a promising lifestyle approach to enhance health-related quality of life in U.S. adults, but future research is needed to establish safety and efficacy issues.
PMID: 29122271 [PubMed - in process]