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

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2015 by Maria Colavincenzo, Northwestern University.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01660139
First Posted: August 8, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 14, 2015
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Maria Colavincenzo, Northwestern University
  Purpose
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.

Condition
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 Maria Colavincenzo, Northwestern University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine usage among patients in the clinics [ Time Frame: 5 minutes to complete survey ]
    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 ]
    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: October 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
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.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients attending clinic appointments in dermatology and primary care clinics.
Criteria

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
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01660139


Contacts
Contact: Amanda Champlain, MD 312-695-0281 amanda.champlain@northwestern.edu

Locations
United States, Illinois
Northwestern University Department of Dermatology Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Contact: Amanda Champlain, MD    312-695-0281    amanda.champlain@northwestern.edu   
Principal Investigator: Marial Colavincenzo, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Peter Lio, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Maria Colavincenzo, MD Northwestern University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
Responsible Party: Maria Colavincenzo, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01660139     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: STU67142
First Submitted: August 6, 2012
First Posted: August 8, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 14, 2015
Last Verified: May 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Skin Diseases