Acceptance of complementary and alternative medicine among pediatric patients with diabetes

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Vincent, Dawn A.
Kandiah, Jayanthi
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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
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The purpose of this research study was to determine the acceptability of complementary and alternative medicine use in a pediatric population with diabetes. Subjects included 76 patients who attend or have previously attended a diabetes clinic at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana.Once patient and parent approval had been granted, the researcher conducted a telephone interview to gather information. Using SPSS statistical software, frequencies and Chi-squared analysis were performed on the data collected. It was revealed that although subjects had a wide variety of concerns with the use of CAM and were unsure about whether it "could heal diabetes or other health problems," a majority were willing to try CAM. Results also indicated that willingness to try CAM was not affected by the age of the child, the type of diabetes present, use of insulin or special diet, or current use of a vitamin or supplement.