The association between quality of life and complementary and alternative medicine use in pregnant women with hyperemesis gravidarum


Iskender Ö., KAPLAN S.

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/jog.14759
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research

Abstract

© 2021 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.Aim: This study investigated the association between quality of life and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in pregnant women with hyperemesis gravidarum in Turkey. Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted between October 2017 and July 2018 in Turkey. The sample consisted of 240 pregnant women with hyperemesis gravidarum. Data were collected using a Demographic Information Form, the Index of Nausea, Vomiting, Retching, and the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey. Results: The majority (84.2%) of participants stated that they used CAM, mostly “biologically based therapies” (97.5%). They were most satisfied with the “mental and physical treatments” (3.71 ± 1.74). Participants who did not use CAM had a higher quality of life “emotional role” than those who used CAM (p = 0.038). However, there were no statistically significant differences in the other quality of life subscale scores between the two groups. Conclusion: There is limited evidence for the association between quality of life and CAM use in pregnant women with hyperemesis gravidarum in Turkey. Therefore, more evidence-based research is warranted to evaluate the association between CAM use and quality of life in pregnant women with hyperemesis gravidarum.