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Use and toxicity of traditional and complementary medicine among patients seeking care at an emergency department of a teaching hospital in Malaysia

Jatau, AI, Aung, MMT, Kamauzaman, THT and Ab Rahman, AF 2018 , 'Use and toxicity of traditional and complementary medicine among patients seeking care at an emergency department of a teaching hospital in Malaysia' , Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, vol. 31 , pp. 53-56 , doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.01.016.

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Abstract

Objective: Traditional and Complementary Medicines (TCM) are widely used worldwide, and many of them have the potential to cause toxicity, interaction with conventional medications and non-adherence to prescribed medications due to patients' preference for the TCM use. However, information regarding their use among patients seeking care at emergency departments (ED) of a healthcare facility is limited. The study aimed to evaluate the TCM use among patients attending the ED of a teaching hospital in Malaysia. Study design: A sub-analysis of data from a prevalence study of medication-related visits among patients at the ED of Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia was conducted. The study took place over a period of six weeks from December 2014 to January 2015 involving 434 eligible patients. Data on demography, conventional medication, and TCM uses were collected from patient interview and the medical folders. Results: Among this cohort, 66 patients (15.2%, 95%CI 12.0, 19.0) reported concurrent TCM use. Sixteen (24.2%) of the TCM users were using more than one (1) type of TCM, and 17 (25.8%) came to the ED for medication-related reasons. Traditional Malay Medicine (TMM) was the most frequently used TCM by the patients. Five patients (7.6%) sought treatment at the ED for medical problems related to use of TCM. Conclusion: Patients seeking medical care at the ED may be currently using TCM. ED-physicians should be aware of these therapies and should always ask patients about the TCM use.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jatau, AI and Aung, MMT and Kamauzaman, THT and Ab Rahman, AF
Keywords: traditional medicine, complementary medicine, emergency department, Malaysia
Journal or Publication Title: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
ISSN: 1744-3881
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.01.016
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