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Prevalence and correlates of complementary and alternative medicine use among type 2 diabetic patients in teaching hospital in Ethiopia: A cross-sectional study

September 15-16, 2017 | Dallas, USA

Daniel A Erku

University of Gondar, Ethiopia

Scientific Tracks Abstracts : Insights Nutr Metab


Statement of the Problem: Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) are increasingly using herbal remedies due to difficulty in adhering to the therapeutic regimens. However, research on herbal medicine use by patients with diabetes mellitus is scarce in Ethiopia. The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence and correlates of herbal medicine use among type 2 diabetes patients attending the diabetes illness follow-up care clinic of University of Gondar Referral and Teaching Hospital (UOGRTH), Ethiopia. Methodology & Theoretical Orientation: A hospital-based cross sectional study was conducted on 387 T2DM patients attending the diabetes illness follow-up care clinic of UOGRTH from October 1 to November 30, 2016. An interviewer-administered questionnaire about the socio-demographic, disease characteristics as well as herbal medicine use was filled by the respondents. Descriptive statistics, univariate and multivariate logistic regression tools were performed to determine prevalence and correlates of herbal medicine use. Findings: From 387 respondents, 62% were reported to be herbal medicine users. The most common herbal preparations used were Garlic (Allium sativum L.) (41.7%), Giesilla (Caylusea abyssinica (fresen.) (39.6%), Tinjute (Otostegia integrifolia Benth) (27.2%), and Kosso (Hagenia Abyssinicaa) (26.9%). Majority of herbal medicine users (87.1%) had not consulted their doctors about their herbal medicine use. Higher educational status, a family history of DM, duration of T2DM and presence of DM complications were found to be strong predictors of herbal medicine use. Conclusion & Significance: The present study revealed a high rate of herbal medicine use along with a very low rate of disclosure to the health care providers. Patients mainly depend on families and friends as a source of information about herbal medicines. From the stand point of high prevalence and low disclosure rate, health care providers should often consult patients regarding herbal medicine use.


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