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The challenges of facilitating primary healthcare discussions on traditional, complementary and alternative medicine for childhood eczema: Piloting a computerized template.
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PMID:  22465483     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Healthcare practitioners (HCPs) experience barriers to changing routine consultation practice. Communication and recording of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) is inadequate. This pilot study explored the challenges of implementing a computerized template in primary care to facilitate communication on TCAM for paediatric eczema. METHODS: A computerized template to record TCAM use, with links to evidence-based TCAM databases, was designed, based on qualitative research with patients and HCPs. Four London general practices implemented the template integrated with usual practice. Twelve focus groups during the 6 month study period explored HCPs' knowledge, communication and information sources regarding TCAM and perceived barriers to template implementation. RESULTS: HCPs were initially enthusiastic about discussing TCAM, for improving communication and understanding patient's choices, but the template was used in under a third of consultations. HCPs were surprised at low TCAM use (10%) and lack of correlation with eczema or ethnicity. Reported barriers were time and remembering, due to busy, target-driven practice. CONCLUSION: HCPs recognize the importance of discussing TCAM use for childhood eczema, and potential benefits for HCP-patient communication. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Future tools to facilitate TCAM discussion should prioritise use of existing IT systems and address barriers to use, especially lack of time.
Nicola Robinson; Ava Lorenc; Andrew Falinski; Ricky Banarsee
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Patient education and counseling     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-5134     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8406280     Medline TA:  Patient Educ Couns     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
London South Bank University, London, UK.
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