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Dietary Supplement and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Are Highly Prevalent in Patients with Gastrointestinal Disorders: Results from an Online Survey.

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Summary of "Dietary Supplement and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Are Highly Prevalent in Patients with Gastrointestinal Disorders: Results from an Online Survey."

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread among adults in the United States to self-treat a range of disorders, including gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. This study determined the self-reported use of CAM, including dietary supplements, in managing GI symptoms among Internet users and investigated perceived effects of supplement use on GI symptoms. We used a cross-sectional, descriptive, correlational design. A Qualtrics online survey was utilized to collect data through various websites. Focused areas include demographics, health evaluation, health issue(s), supplement and CAM use, and GI symptoms. Of the participants included in the study, a majority (88%) were women and half (50.1%) were between the ages of 26 and 45. Most participants (84.5%) reported use of herbal supplements, and 84.8% of the participants used herbal supplements for a specific health problem. The most common reported health condition was gastroesophageal reflux (44.4%). The attrition rate was low at 22%. The novelty of using an anonymous online survey to collect data on supplement use in GI disorders indicated a high prevalence of dietary and herbal supplement use among persons with GI disorders comparable to previous reports. Health-care providers should ask patients about supplement use in addition to prescribed medications and communicate effectively if conventional pharmacotherapy is not sufficient to manage symptoms or patients are inclined to use supplements.

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Name: Journal of dietary supplements
ISSN: 1939-022X
Pages: 1-14

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