The Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its Possible Relationship with Adherence to Highly-active Anti-Retroviral Therapy in Patients with HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong
The aim of this project was to examine the usage of traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM) and its possible relation to adherence to HAART by HIV-infected Chinese
male patients by answering the following questions:
1. How prevalent is TCM use among HIV-infected Chinese patients?
2. What types of TCM are used by this population?
3. What are the predictors of TCM use in this population?
4. Is there a relationship between TCM use and adherence to HAART?
A total of 81 self-administered questionnaires were completed by ethnic Chinese
patients who had been on HAART for at least one year at Integrated Treatment Centre,
a public HIV clinic run by the Hong Kong Department of Health.
Amongst study participants, 62% (n=50) reported having taken any form of
TCM at least once. A total of thirty forms of TCM were used by the 50 TCM-using
patients, of which, 26% (n=13) were Infrequent Users while 72% (n=36) were
Regular Users. The most frequent forms were: prescriptions provided by TCM
practitioners (56%, n=28), over-the-counter TCM preparations (52%, n=26), and used
herbal teas (28%, n=14). During the month preceding the study, 67% of participants
(n=54) had full HAART adherence and 33% patients (n=27) reported having missed
one dose or more.
Results did not suggest any definite relationship between TCM use and HAART
adherence. However, we did find a wide range of forms of TCM used by this patient
population. Further, our findings suggest that TCM use among participants was not
used to treat HIV/AIDS or related complications. Further study is needed to
understand the biological activity of these TCM remedies and any possible
interactions with HAART.
School Location:USA - Connecticut
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:male human hong kong china alternative medicine drug therapy aids hiv
Date of Publication:05/06/2009