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Results from a collaborative survey designed to measure the infertility patient attitudes and usage of complementary and alternative medicine including acupuncture, yoga, massage and medicinal herbs.

Results from a collaborative survey designed to measure the infertility patient attitudes and usage of complementary and alternative medicine including acupuncture, yoga, massage and medicinal herbs.

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  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results Patricia M. Stull Vice President , Strategic Development Shady Grove Fertility Centers
  • Research and Survey Partners
  • Important Definitions Complementary Medicine Refers to using CM together with conventional medicine. Most use of CAM by Americans is complementary. Alternative Medicine Refers to use of CAM in place of conventional medicine. Integrative or Integrated Medicine Combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness. View slide
  • What Is Included Under the Complementary andAlternative Treatment Umbrella? Natural Products • Dietary supplements to improve condition • Probiotics Mind Body Practices • Meditation • Yoga • Acupuncture Manipulative and Body Based Practices • Spinal manipulation • Massage View slide
  • Patient Survey Methods Shady Grove Fertility, Resolve & Attain Fertility Prospective, Current and Past Patients Used email and social media to promote survey 701 responses Additional Patient Survey Via Pulling Down the Moon 81 responses Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12
  • Who Responded: By Age400 357300 275200100 40 4 1 0 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-55 Older than 55 Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 677 out of 701 respondents
  • Who Responded: Ethnicity 73% 14% Caucasian African American Asian 6% Hispanic 5% Middle Eastern 1% Other 1%Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 667 out of 701 respondents
  • 86% earned College or Graduate Degree 10% 1%3% 36% High School Degree Some College College Degree 50% Graduate Degree OtherComplementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 670 out of 701 respondents
  • 62% Reported Household Income of$100K plus125100 75 50 25 0 <$50,000 $50,000 - $75,000 - $100,000 - $125,000 - $150,000 - $200,000+ $74,999 $99,999 $124,999 $149,999 $199,999 Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 589 out of 701 respondents
  • Who Responded: Fertility Status 13% 7% 5% Trying to Conceive Naturally In treatment with an OB/GYN 25% or PCP In treatment at a Fertility Center Successfully Completed 50% Treatment (had a baby) Stopped TreatmentComplementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 628 out of 701 respondents
  • What CAM Have You Used for General Health?450400350300250200150100 50 0 Vitamins Diet/Nutrition Acupuncture Yoga Massage Herbs Counseling / Other Group Support Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 611 out of 701 respondents
  • survey respondents have used CAMspecifically to improve their fertilityComplementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 679 out of 701 respondents
  • Which CAM have you used to improve fertility?450400350300250200150100 50 0 Vitamins Diet/Nutrition Acupuncture Yoga Massage Herbs Counseling / Other Group Support Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 449 out of 484 respondents
  • Type of CAM Used for General Health vs. Fertility General Health Fertility100%75%50%25% 0% Vitamins Diet/Nutrition Acupuncture Yoga Massage Herbs Counseling / Group Support Other None Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12
  • believe CAM treatment helped them conceive 69%thought CAM treatment helped 49% say CAM treatment 10% them reduce gave them a didn’t think CAM treatment stress & relax sense of control provided any benefits Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 449 out of 484 respondents
  • 64% of Patients Self-Referred to Their CAM Provider 21% 11% 4% Self/Online Friend Doctor Nurse 64%Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 378 out of 484 respondents
  • survey respondents said they would be MORE LIKELY to pursue CAM treatment if recommended by their physician or nurseComplementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 180 out of 217 respondents answered
  • How long have you been in using CAM?200150100 50 0 1 month or less 2-4 months 5-6 months 6 months or more Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 448 out of 484 respondents
  • What is preventing you from seekingCAM? 3% Not covered by 6% 38% insurance/cost 9% Skeptical it will work Unsure how to evaluate a provider 17% Not recommended by my physician Concerned about an adverse affect 27% InconvenientComplementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 205 out of 217 respondents
  • Optimal location for your CAM provider? 20% 11% Close to Home Close to Work In or near my doctors office 69%Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 643 out of 701 respondents
  • Additional Survey Responses Pulling Down the Moon also shared a modified survey with active clients 82 respondents Similar demographic group as previous respondents Additional questions offered new insightsComplementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12
  • How Did CAM Impact on Your Fertility Treatment?40%30%20%10%0% Enabled me to stay in Helped me find Enabled me to Helped me initiated fertility treatment closure after a failed transition to a more treatment longer cycle advanced treatment Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility Treatment Patient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 71 out of 74 respondents
  • How Important Are the Following Criteria? Spa-like Environment All-inclusive center Medical, scientific or professional credibility Specialized training in fertility care 0 1 2 3 4 5Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Fertility TreatmentPatient Attitudes and Usage Survey Results 10/21/12 75 out of 82 respondents
  • In Summary Increasing reliance on self-care and wellness will raise usage of CAM therapies over the next decade. Integrating CAM services into the REI practice can help reduce stress for patients enabling them to complete a course of treatment instead of dropping out due to emotional exhaustion. Finding the right ‘fit’ and developing coordinated and evolving communication systems is a fundamental key to integration. A united front among medical and CAM providers will maximize patient support and satisfaction.