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The frequency of complementary and integrative medicine methods in headache patients and their spending habits

Burcu Polat, Ozlem Saatci, Nesrin Helvaci Yilmaz, Ozge Arici Duz
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.12.007
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2018;52(3):347-351.

open access

Vol 52, No 3 (2018)
Original research articles
Submitted: 2017-10-27

Abstract

Background

It is known that complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) methods are especially used by patients with chronic headaches. The aim of our study is to increase the knowledge on this topic, to provide objective data about use in Turkish headache patients.

Methods

This study included 425 patients with headache. The survey form prepared was filled in under the supervision of a health professional. The questionnaire included 2 items, about CIM methods and finance.

Results

Among the patients evaluated, 316 were female, and 109 were male. All of 52% answered yes to the question “did you ever use any CIM treatment method for headaches during your life?”. The most frequently used methods were combined (herbal+one or more other method) (29.6%), herbal (9.4%) and cupping therapy (4.2%). Among the patients that used combined methods, 26.9% had spent 30–100TL (5–25euro), 20.6% had spent 100–300TL (25–70euro), 26.9% had spent 300–500TL (70–120euro) and the last two groups that formed 12.6% had spent 500–1000 (120–250euro) and >1000TL (>250euro).

Conclusion

Half of the patients that applied to outpatient clinic with headaches use one or more of these methods and make budgets in accordance with their income levels. Physicians should have sufficient knowledge and clinical opinions about the CIM methods used by headache patients.

Abstract

Background

It is known that complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) methods are especially used by patients with chronic headaches. The aim of our study is to increase the knowledge on this topic, to provide objective data about use in Turkish headache patients.

Methods

This study included 425 patients with headache. The survey form prepared was filled in under the supervision of a health professional. The questionnaire included 2 items, about CIM methods and finance.

Results

Among the patients evaluated, 316 were female, and 109 were male. All of 52% answered yes to the question “did you ever use any CIM treatment method for headaches during your life?”. The most frequently used methods were combined (herbal+one or more other method) (29.6%), herbal (9.4%) and cupping therapy (4.2%). Among the patients that used combined methods, 26.9% had spent 30–100TL (5–25euro), 20.6% had spent 100–300TL (25–70euro), 26.9% had spent 300–500TL (70–120euro) and the last two groups that formed 12.6% had spent 500–1000 (120–250euro) and >1000TL (>250euro).

Conclusion

Half of the patients that applied to outpatient clinic with headaches use one or more of these methods and make budgets in accordance with their income levels. Physicians should have sufficient knowledge and clinical opinions about the CIM methods used by headache patients.

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Keywords

Complementary and integrative medicine, Headache, Spending habits

About this article
Title

The frequency of complementary and integrative medicine methods in headache patients and their spending habits

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 52, No 3 (2018)

Pages

347-351

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.12.007

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2018;52(3):347-351.

Keywords

Complementary and integrative medicine
Headache
Spending habits

Authors

Burcu Polat
Ozlem Saatci
Nesrin Helvaci Yilmaz
Ozge Arici Duz

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