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World J Rheumatol. Nov 12, 2015; 5(3): 142-147
Published online Nov 12, 2015. doi: 10.5499/wjr.v5.i3.142
Complementary medicine use in rheumatology: A review
Woan H Wong, Anna E Litwic, Elaine M Dennison
Woan H Wong, Anna E Litwic, Elaine M Dennison, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD, United Kingdom
Elaine M Dennison, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 6004, New Zealand
Author contributions: Wong WH performed literature search under the supervision of Dennison EM, Litwic AE drafted the manuscript; Dennison EM oversaw the project.
Conflict-of-interest statement: None to declare.
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Correspondence to: Elaine M Dennison, MB, BChir, MA, MSc, PhD, FRCP, Professor, Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Rd, Southampton SO16 6YD, United Kingdom.
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Received: November 27, 2014
Peer-review started: November 28, 2014
First decision: December 12, 2014
Revised: June 27, 2015
Accepted: July 29, 2015
Article in press: August 3, 2015
Published online: November 12, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Complementary and alternative medicine is widely used among rheumatology patients, who often do not inform their consultants that they are using such therapies. This may reflect a fear that clinicians may not approve, or a lack of awareness that the information may be helpful in their management. Increased awareness of the issue, and better education of clinicians and patients is beneficial.