More MS news articles for September 2002

The use of alternative medicine by multiple sclerosis patients

Harefuah 2002 Jul;141(7):611-6, 666
Zur K, Ginzburg K, Yagil Y, Chapman J, Drori M, Korczyn A.
Social Services, Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv.

This paper aims to present the results of a study that explores the use of uncontrolled and unexamined alternative treatment methods with 37 MS patients, and to compare these results with previous studies.

The studied variables were:
(a) reasons and circumstances of referral,
(b) self reported outcome effectiveness of alternative treatment, and
(c) satisfaction with the conventional physician and alternative healer.

From a group of 37 patients, 17 were referred to alternative healers.

In comparison with those who were not referred to alternative medicine, the sub-group referred for alternative treatment reported more familial support and lower levels of satisfaction from their rapport with their conventional physicians.