Utilization patterns and cost of complementary and alternative medicine compared to conventional medicine in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Hae Jin Kim, Ki Hong Chun, Dae Jung Kim, Seung Jin Han, Young Seol Kim, Jeong Taek Woo, Yongsoo Park, Moon Suk Nam, Sei-Hyun Baik, Kyu Jeung Ahn, Kwan Woo Lee

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Aims: We evaluated the use and annual cost of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) compared to conventional medicine in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in the Korean population. Methods: We analyzed the database of 2752 DM patients obtained from the Korean National Diabetes Program (KNDP). The cost data of conventional medicine starting 1-year before enrolment of the KNDP were obtained from the hospital electronic database. The cost data of CAM over the same period were obtained from questionnaires. Results: Among the 2752 subjects, 677 patients (24.6%) used CAM, with the most common type being red ginseng and herbal medicine. Patients with a higher income, neuropathy, and self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) were more likely to use CAM. Men, those with a higher education level and income, no cerebrovascular accident (CVA) history, and SMBG showed a relatively higher cost of CAM of total medical cost. The independent predictors for CAM were a higher income, the existence of diabetic neuropathy, no CVA history, and SMBG. Conclusions: Use and cost of CAM varied depending on income, accompanying complications and SMBG. To evaluate the total medical costs in DM patients, a comprehensive approach considering not only conventional cost but also CAM is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalDiabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Volume93
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 1

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Diabetic Neuropathies
Herbal Medicine

Keywords

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Cost
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Type 2

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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Utilization patterns and cost of complementary and alternative medicine compared to conventional medicine in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. / Kim, Hae Jin; Chun, Ki Hong; Kim, Dae Jung; Han, Seung Jin; Kim, Young Seol; Woo, Jeong Taek; Park, Yongsoo; Nam, Moon Suk; Baik, Sei-Hyun; Ahn, Kyu Jeung; Lee, Kwan Woo.

In: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Vol. 93, No. 1, 01.07.2011, p. 115-122.

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Kim, Hae Jin ; Chun, Ki Hong ; Kim, Dae Jung ; Han, Seung Jin ; Kim, Young Seol ; Woo, Jeong Taek ; Park, Yongsoo ; Nam, Moon Suk ; Baik, Sei-Hyun ; Ahn, Kyu Jeung ; Lee, Kwan Woo. / Utilization patterns and cost of complementary and alternative medicine compared to conventional medicine in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2011 ; Vol. 93, No. 1. pp. 115-122.
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