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

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified February 2013 by Northwestern University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Maria Colavincenzo, Northwestern University Identifier:
First received: August 6, 2012
Last updated: February 20, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

This study is to assess the practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for skin related conditions among patients in the Primary Care and Dermatology clinics.

Dermatologic Disorders

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Use of Alternative Medicine Among Outpatients in Dermatology and Primary Care Clinics

Further study details as provided by Northwestern University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine usage among patients in the clinics [ Time Frame: 5 minutes to complete survey ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    At the clinic appointment, patients will be given a survey that asks about whether the patient uses complementary and alternative medicine for skin related issues.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Characteristics of the patients complementary and alternative medicine use [ Time Frame: 5 minutes to complete survey ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Patients who practice complementary and alternative medicine will be asked about what and how they practice their complementary and alternative medicine.

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: July 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Dermatology Clinic Patients
Patient attending dermatology clinics
Primary Clinic Patients
Patient attending primary care clinics

Detailed Description:

This study aims to determine the prevalence and characteristics complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) usage among Primary Care and Dermatology clinic patients through the use of an anonymous, self-completed written survey. This survey will assess the prevalence and regularity of CAM usage (with and without concurrent use of allopathic therapies), the reasons for CAM usage, perceived success with CAM usage, and socioeconomic status, in both Dermatology and Primary Care patients. We will then compare these elements of CAM usage between the two clinic patient populations.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients attending clinic appointments in dermatology and primary care clinics.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Presents for a clinic appointment with a dermatologist or primary care physician
  • English-speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Less than 18 years or older
  • Non-English speaking
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01660139

Contact: Elizabeth Damstetter, MD 312-695-0287

United States, Illinois
Northwestern University Department of Dermatology Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Contact: Elizabeth Damstetter, MD    312-695-0287   
Principal Investigator: Marial Colavincenzo, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Peter Lio, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Maria Colavincenzo, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Identifier: NCT01660139     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: STU67142
Study First Received: August 6, 2012
Last Updated: February 20, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Skin Diseases processed this record on March 26, 2015