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Jong, M.C., M. van Vliet, S. Huttenhuis, D. van der Veer and S. van den Heijkant. 2012. Attitudes toward integrative paediatrics: a national survey among youth health are physicians in the Netherlands. BMC Complement Alternative Medicine. 12(4).


Type of document: Journal Article

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Miek C. Jong Ph.D.;
Marja van Vliet MSc


Language of document: English

Title in English: Attitudes toward integrative paediatrics: a national survey among youth health are physicians in the Netherlands.

Abstract / summary in English:


BACKGROUND:
Integrative Medicine (IM) is an emerging field in paediatrics, especially in the USA. The purpose of the present study was to assess the attitudes and beliefs of Youth Health Care (YHC) physicians in the Netherlands toward IM in paediatrics.

METHODS:
In October 2010, a link to an anonymous, self-reporting, 30-item web-based questionnaire was mailed to all members of the Dutch Organisation of YHC physicians. The questionnaire included questions on familiarity with IM, attitudes towards Integrative Paediatrics (IP), use and knowledge of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), demographic and practice characteristics.

RESULTS:
A total of 276 YHC physicians (response rate of 27%) responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 52% was familiar with IM and 56% had used some kind of CAM therapy during the past 2 years, of which self-medicated herbal and/or homeopathic remedies (61%) and supplements (50%) were most frequently mentioned. Most of the YHC physicians (62%) seldom asked parents of clients about CAM use. One third of the YHC physicians recommended CAM to their clients. In general, about 50% or more of the respondents had little knowledge of CAM therapies. Predictors for a positive attitude towards IP were familiarity with IM, own CAM use, asking their clients about CAM use and practising one or more forms of CAM therapy. Logistic regression analysis showed that the following factors were associated with a higher recommendation to CAM therapies: own CAM use (odds ratio (OR) = 3.8; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 2.1-6.9, p = 0.001) and practising CAM (OR 4.4; 95% CI = 1.6-11.7, p = 0.003).

CONCLUSIONS:
In general Dutch YHC physicians have a relative positive attitude towards IP; more than half of the respondents used one or more forms of CAM and one third recommended CAM therapies. However, the majority of YHC physicians did not ask their clients about CAM use and seemed to have a lack of knowledge regarding CAM.


Keywords in English: National survey; Integrative Paediatrics; Attitudes; Youth Healthcare
Attitudes toward integrative paediatrics: a national survey among youth health are physicians in the Netherlands.