Langmead et al found no association between demographic variables in a study of 101 British IBD patients. However, these studies, as with all studies examining CAM use by patients with IBD, had relatively small sample sizes (fewer than 300 subjects), which contrasts with the large sample sizes found in most general population surveys. Therefore, inadequate power could be responsible for the failure to find these associations in previous IBD studies. However, in our survey of over 2800 IBD patients, apart from age in Crohn’s disease patients, other demographic variables were not associated with the use of CAM for IBD. Therefore, in contrast to the general population, demographic factors are not clearly associated with IBD patients’ use of CAM.
Why are these demographic characteristics not associated with CAM use in IBD patients? It may be that as the use of CAM grows and becomes mainstream, these traditional boundaries are being erased. CAM use is no longer limited to the young and well-educated, because individuals from all layers of society increasingly use CAM.
Category: Inflammatory bowel disease
Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine, Health behaviours, Inflammatory bowel disease, Patient decision-making