Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Prevalence and Longitudinal Impact on Adherence to Conventional Therapy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Details of Research

Contact: Reka Thanabalan, Research Coordinator
416-586-4800 ext 7636

Primary Investigator: Dr. Geoffrey Nguyen

Enrolment: Complete

Objective: Objective is to gain insight into why patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), the different types of CAM, and perceived benefits that will help us better understand patients and potentially lead to better care.

Expectation: This study will provide helpful information as to how CAM impact adherence to more conventional medicines and help us develop strategies to help patients balance the need or desire to use CAM but at the same time not compromise their health.

Eligibility: All patients seen in out-patient clinics at Mount Sinai Hospital over 18 years of age who have a confirmed diagnosis of IBD (either Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis).

Status Update: Updated as of Winter 2012 by Reka Thanabalan

Participant Tally: 600

We would like to sincerely thank all of our study participants. This research couldn't be possible without your cooperation.


Click on the underlined links to read the abstract summaries.

Weizman AV, Ahn E, Thanabalan R, Leung W, Croitoru K, Silverberg MS, Hillary Steinhart A, Nguyen GC. Characterisation of complementary and alternative medicine use and its impact on medication adherence in inflammatory bowel disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2012 Feb;35(3):342-9