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Information Survey on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Department of Anatomical and Histological Sciences, Legal Medicine and Orthopedics, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Italian Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology (SIEDP), 43126 Parma, Italy
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Department of Health Sciences, University of Piemonte Orientale, 28100 Novara, Italy
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Department of Human Sciences, Guglielmo Marconi University, 00193 Rome, Italy
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Translational Medicine, Dipartimento Attività Integrate Ricerca e Innovazione (DAIRI), Azienda Ospedaliera SS Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo, 15121 Alessandria, Italy
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DISTU (Language, History, Philosophy and Law) Department, University of Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Division of Rheumatology AOUC, University of Florence, 50121 Florence, Italy
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Unit of Rheumatology, San Pietro Fatebenefratelli Hospital, 00189 Rome, Italy
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Business School, LUISS “Guido Carli” University, 00197 Rome, Italy
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Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine (DIMES), School of Medicine, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Azienda Socio-Sanitaria Territoriale Gaetano Pini-CTO, 20122 Milan, Italy
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Academic Editor: Julius Liobikas
Medicina 2022, 58(1), 125; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina58010125
Received: 19 October 2021 / Revised: 21 December 2021 / Accepted: 22 December 2021 / Published: 14 January 2022
Background and Objectives: Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are generally considered non-scientific and poor effective therapies. Nevertheless, CAMs are extensively used in common clinical practice in Western countries. We decided to promote a Delphi consensus to intercept the opinion of Italian physicians on CAM use in clinical practice. Materials and Methods: We run a Delphi-based consensus, interviewing anonymously 97 physicians. Of these, only 78 participate to the questionnaire. Results: Consensus about agreement and disagreement have been reached in several topics, including indication, as well as safety issues concerning CAMs. Conclusions: The use of CAMs in clinical practice still lacks evidence. Experts agree about the possibility to safely use CAMs in combination with conventional medicines to treat non-critical medical conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Delphi consensus; acupuncture; homeopathy; osteopathy; phytotherapy; Chinese medicine Delphi consensus; acupuncture; homeopathy; osteopathy; phytotherapy; Chinese medicine
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Paoloni, M.; Agostini, F.; Bernasconi, S.; Bona, G.; Cisari, C.; Fioranelli, M.; Invernizzi, M.; Madeo, A.; Matucci-Cerinic, M.; Migliore, A.; Quirino, N.; Ventura, C.; Viganò, R.; Bernetti, A. Information Survey on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Medicina 2022, 58, 125. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina58010125

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Paoloni M, Agostini F, Bernasconi S, Bona G, Cisari C, Fioranelli M, Invernizzi M, Madeo A, Matucci-Cerinic M, Migliore A, Quirino N, Ventura C, Viganò R, Bernetti A. Information Survey on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Medicina. 2022; 58(1):125. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina58010125

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Paoloni, Marco, Francesco Agostini, Sergio Bernasconi, Gianni Bona, Carlo Cisari, Massimo Fioranelli, Marco Invernizzi, Antonello Madeo, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Alberto Migliore, Nicola Quirino, Carlo Ventura, Roberto Viganò, and Andrea Bernetti. 2022. "Information Survey on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine" Medicina 58, no. 1: 125. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina58010125

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