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Research Letter
December 2014

Comparative Prevalence of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Outpatients in Dermatology and Primary Care Clinics

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of California–Davis, Sacramento
  • 2School of Medicine, University of California–Davis, Sacramento
  • 3Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado–Denver, Aurora
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(12):1363-1365. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.2274

Previous studies suggest that people with skin diseases use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)1,2; however, it is not known whether CAM was used specifically to treat their skin disease. We conducted a survey to determine differences in CAM use for skin diseases between patients attending dermatology clinics and those attending primary care clinics.

Research participants were recruited from 1 outpatient dermatology clinic and 1 outpatient family practice clinic at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center from November 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011. A total of 217 respondents participated in the anonymous survey, and the response rate was estimated at 62%. The study and the survey were approved by the University of California–Davis Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research, and all respondents provided written informed consent.

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