Research: KOC and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

KOC and COLLEAGUES,  Ondokuz Mayis University Samsun School of Nursing, Samsun, Turkey carried out a quantitative descriptive study to determine the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for management of menopausal symptoms in women in Samsun, Turkey.

Background

This quantitative descriptive study was carried out in order to determine the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for management of menopausal symptoms in women in Samsun, Turkey.

Methodology

Data on general demographic characteristics, menopause-related symptoms, and the use of CAM and herbal therapy were collected from 281 women undergoing the process of the climacteric period, admitted to the gynaecology polyclinic of a hospital in Samsun province. To evaluate the data, descriptive statistics, Student t-tests, and logistic regression analysis were used.

Results

In this study the most common CAM methods were identified as herbal therapy (29.9%), dieting (29.5%), exercise (29.2%), and massage (27.8%). Approximately one-third of the women identified as benefitting from CAM methods. More than half identified as not having informed a health care professional about their use of these methods of achieving symptom relief.

Conclusion

References

Koc Z, Saglam Z and Topatan S. Determination of the use of complementary and alternative medicine by women in the climacteric period in the Turkish city of Samsun. Contemporary Nurse. 45(2): 197-209.  Oct 2013.

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