Title

Herb use among health care professionals enrolled in an online curriculum on herbs and dietary supplements

UMMS Affiliation

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

Publication Date

2006

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Behavioral Medicine | Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Integrative Medicine | Medical Education | Primary Care

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although many adults in the United States use herbs, little is known about the personal use of herbs by health care professionals (HCPs) and factors associated with use.

METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of HCPs prior to their enrollment in an online course about herbs and dietary supplements between September 2004 and May 2005. We used multivariable logistic regression to analyze demographic and practice factors associated with herb use.

RESULTS: Of the 1249 health care professionals surveyed, 51% reported using an herb in the last week. The rates of use were highest among physician assistants or nurse practitioners (PA or NP) (63%), clinical nurses (59%), and HCP students (52%), while physicians (48%), dietitians (40%), and pharmacists (37%) had lower rates. Among health care professionals who reported herb use, the most common herbs taken were green tea (24%), flax seed (18%), chamomile (11%), and aloe vera (8%). Factors associated with herb use included older age, being a nurse, a HCP student, an NP or PA compared with being a physician, being non-Caucasian, living outside of North Carolina and having increased knowledge of herbs and dietary supplements.

Keywords

Herbs, dietary supplements, complementary medicine, education, doctor-patient communication, health care professional

DOI of Published Version

10.1300/J157v06n02_05

Source

J Herb Pharmacother. 2006;6(2):51-64.

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of herbal pharmacotherapy

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

17182485

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