UMMS Affiliation

Center for Integrated Primary Care; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Publication Date

2-16-2016

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Clinical Epidemiology | Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Epidemiology | Integrative Medicine | Race and Ethnicity

Abstract

Although dietary supplement use is common, its assessment is challenging, especially among ethnic minority populations such as Hispanics/Latinos. Using the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) (n = 16,415), this report compares two strategies for capturing dietary supplement use over a 30-day period: a medication-based inventory and a nutrition-based dietary supplement interview. Age-standardized prevalence was calculated across multiple dietary supplement definitions, adjusted with survey/nonresponse weights. The prevalence of dietary supplement use was substantially higher as measured in the dietary supplement interview, compared to the medication inventory: for total dietary supplements (39% vs 26%, respectively), for nonvitamin, nonmineral supplements (24% vs 12%), and for botanicals (9.2% vs 4.5%). Concordance between the two assessments was fair to moderate (Cohen's kappa: 0.31-0.52). Among women, inclusion of botanical teas increased the prevalence of botanical supplement use from 7% to 15%. Supplement assessment that includes queries about botanical teas yields more information about patient supplement use.

Keywords

Hispanics/Latinos, dietary supplements, epidemiology, measurement methodology

Rights and Permissions

Copyright: © the authors, publisher and licensee Libertas Academica Limited. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC 3.0 License.

DOI of Published Version

10.4137/IMI.S25587

Source

Integr Med Insights. 2016 Feb 16;11:1-10. doi: 10.4137/IMI.S25587. eCollection 2016. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Integrative medicine insights

Comments

At the time of publication, Paula Gardiner was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

26917949

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License
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