Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in patients with organ transplantation in Switzerland

Frei-Erb, Martin; Torchetti, Loredana; von Ammon, Klaus (21 September 2015). Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in patients with organ transplantation in Switzerland. European journal of integrative medicine, 7(7s), p. 37. Elsevier 10.1016/j.eujim.2015.09.093

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Introduction: The aim was to investigate retrospectively use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the treatment of patients with organ transplantation in Switzerland. Methods: Members of the Swiss transplant association completed a questionnaire about CAM use retrospectively. Five different stages were differentiated: CAM usage (1) during underlying disease, (2) before transplant, (3) during hospitalisation/ rehabilitation from transplant, (4) for transplant complications and (5) after transplant for other diseases. Results: Of the 267 patients contacted, 124 (46%) completed the questionnaire, and data of 118 (44%) participants could be analyzed: 55 women (47%), mean age 56 years. Overall, 64 (54%) indicated CAM use, with about 30% usage at every stage (except during hospitalization with only 10%). Different methods were most common: during underlying disease classical homeopathy (15% of all participants), before transplant dietary supplements (13%), during hospitalization meditation (3%), for transplantation complications dietary supplements (10%), and after transplant for other diseases massage (11%). Among the 64 CAM-users, the most important reasons for the usage were improvement of general condition (36%) and abatement of adverse effects of conventional treatment (25%). Among the 54 non-CAM-users, most frequent reasons for not choosing CAM were insecurity about interactions with conventional treatment (46%), and ignorance of this option (28%). About 35% of the CAM-users reported an improved general condition, while 30% noticed an abatement of side effects of conventional treatment. Conclusions: To prevent dangerous interactions with conventional treatment, more information on possibilities of CAM in the treatment of patients with transplantations is needed for doctors and patients.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Abstract)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary Medicine (ICOM)

UniBE Contributor:

Frei-Erb, Martin; Torchetti, Loredana and von Ammon, Klaus

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1876-3820

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Martin Frei-Erb

Date Deposited:

14 Oct 2015 11:07

Last Modified:

08 Sep 2017 15:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.eujim.2015.09.093

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.72263

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/72263

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