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Évaluation de la fréquence d’utilisation et de l’efficacité présumée des « remèdes de famille » par les patients

Abstract : BACKGROUND: Traditional medicines are an important part of healthcare. The interest of patients for this type of medicine is growing, and many of them report using « home remedies » (HR) for their health. However, they say being poorly informed about the topic and would like to have a more open dialog with their doctors, who consider themselves as little competent due to the lack of reliable scientific information. Our study wants to evaluate the frequency of use of home remedies by patients and evaluate their effectiveness. METHODS: Observations through a cross sectional and descriptive study were conducted among a population of patients from the departments of Isère, Savoie et Haute-Savoie. A questionnaire was proposed to patients in 17 waiting rooms of general practicioner’s (GP) practices between August 2020 and January 2021. The questionnaire raised different points about the common use of home remedies, frequency of use and presumed effectiveness from a list of (n=301) remedies for various indications. RESULTS: three hundred and sixty patients participated to the study, mostly women (60,8%). The prevalence of use of home remedies was 68,9% (95CI% [64,2 – 73,6]). Most commonly used home remedies were honey for sore throat (30,3%) or common cold (25%), application of cold or cold water for burns (26,7%), rice or rice cooking water for diarrhea (24,7%), application of cold after bruising (21,9%). The most common treated health problems were the common cold, sore throat, burns, digestion and diarrhea. Female gender (OR 1,94, 95CI% [1,23-3,06], p = 0,004), and age under 50 years (OR 1,77, 95CI% [1,12-2,79], p = 0,014) were associated to a higher prevalence of home remedies use. Among the users of HR, 67,3% thought it is the GP's role to inform them about these remedies. Only 25,7% talked with their GP about their use of HR, mostly initiated by themselves (81,5%). CONCLUSION: Use of HR appears to be widespread among patients. This habit to use HR for primary care in a lot of common minor health problems should deserve a special attention. It would be interesting to have the most frequently used HR evaluated regarding their effectiveness and safety. Expand the scientific knowledges in this field could empower the GPs about HR for therapeutic, educational, self-care purposes but also to improve the relation with their patients.
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Camille Rohan, Juliette Vaschalde. Évaluation de la fréquence d’utilisation et de l’efficacité présumée des « remèdes de famille » par les patients. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2021. ⟨dumas-03187139⟩



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