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Rheumatology International

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 151–152 | Cite as

The use of ‘Alternative treatments’ by patients with rheumatoid arthritis

  • G. R. Struthers
  • D. L. Scott
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Summary

In a study of 199 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, 68% were found to have tried ‘alternative treatments’. Some treatments (acupuncture and faith healing) gave subjective benefit in nearly half those who tried them and were considered to be better than others (such as copper bracelets). No adverse reactions were reported. ‘Alternative treatments’ play an important role as self prescribed therapy in rheumatoid arthritis and their use should not be ignored nor underestimated.

Key words

Rheumatoid arthritis 

References

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© Springer-Verlag 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. R. Struthers
    • 1
  • D. L. Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.Rheumatism Research Wing, The Medical SchoolThe University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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