Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Allergy Practices: Results of a Nationwide Survey of Allergists

Michael H. Land, Julie Wang

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Abstract

The use of complementary and alternative practices in the field of Allergy/Immunology is growing. A recent survey of American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology members examining patterns of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and adverse effects from CAM revealed that a majority of practitioners (81% of respondents) had patients who are using CAM therapies over conventional treatments and many practitioners (60% of survey respondents) have encountered patients experiencing adverse reactions. During routine office visits, a majority of practitioners do not ask patients about CAM use, and when they do, most do not have a standard intake form to take a CAM history. There is a strong need to increase knowledge and improve measures to prevent adverse reactions to CAMs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-98.e3
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Adverse reactions
  • Alternative medicine
  • Complementary medicine
  • Integrative medicine
  • Survey

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