Healthcare professional views and experiences of complementary and alternative therapies in obstetric practice in North East Scotland: a prospective questionnaire survey

D. Stewart, A. R. Pallivalappila, A. Shetty, B. Pande, J S McLay

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Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) therapy by UK healthcare professionals involved in the care of pregnant women, and to identify key predictors of use. Design A prospective survey. Setting Maternity services in Grampian, North East Scotland. Sample All healthcare professionals (135) involved in the care of pregnant women (midwives, obstetricians, anaesthetists). Methods Questionnaire development, piloting, and distribution. Descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. Results A response rate of 87% was achieved. A third of respondents (32.5%) had recommended (prescribed, referred, or advised) the use of CAMs to pregnant women. The most frequently recommended CAMs modalities were: vitamins and minerals (excluding folic acid) (55%); massage (53%); homeopathy (50%); acupuncture (32%); yoga (32%); reflexology (26%); aromatherapy (24%); and herbal medicine (21%). Although univariate analysis identified that those who recommended CAMs were significantly more likely to be midwives who had been in post for more than 5years, had received training in CAMs, were interested in CAMs, and were themselves users of CAMs, the only variable retained in bivariate logistic regression was personal use of CAM', with an odds ratio of 8.26 (95% CI 3.09-22.05; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1019
Number of pages5
JournalBJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number8
Early online date11 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • attitude
  • complementary therapies
  • health personnel
  • healthcare surveys
  • obstetrics
  • pregnancy
  • herbal medicines
  • midwives
  • CAM

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