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Use of herbal preparations during pregnancy: focus group discussion among expectant mothers attending a hospital antenatal clinic in Norwich, UK.
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PMID:  19880086     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: The extent of herbal medicine use in pregnancy has been widely researched throughout the world but little research has been published about the motivations for this use. METHODS: Focus group discussion. Women who participated in a survey at an antenatal clinic were asked to participate in a focus group discussion to elaborate further on some of the results from the survey. Six women participated. RESULTS: The major themes identified were: the "underground" nature of taking herbal remedies, reliance on family and friends for information, perceived safety of herbal remedies whilst acknowledging the lack of trial evidence and a desire for the NHS to be more open minded. CONCLUSION: Herbal medicines are pharmacologically active and pregnant women frequently take these without informing their pregnancy care provider. If doctors want to obtain a full medical picture which includes herb use then non-judgemental responses to such behaviour is required.
Lone Holst; David Wright; Hedvig Nordeng; Svein Haavik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-05-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Complementary therapies in clinical practice     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1873-6947     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101225531     Medline TA:  Complement Ther Clin Pract     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-9     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Chemistry/Centre for Pharmacy, University of Bergen, 5007 Bergen, Norway.
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