Alternative Medicines & Your Primary Care Doctor
Do You Tell Your Primary Care Doctor about All Your Treatments?
Would you believe that over half of patients using complementary and alternative medicines won’t tell their doctors about it? That means that their doctor may not find out about their use of St. John’s Wort (for depression symptoms), and the patient won’t learn that it interferes with their prescription medications.
Almost half of US adults use some form of alternative medicine
Over half won’t tell their doctors**
Not disclosing your complementary and alternative medicine treatments with your doctor can harm your health.
As a primary care doctor, it’s very important that I understand everything about my patients’ health. That includes what forms of healthcare treatments you are interested in, or are pursuing.
**A 2018 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that as many as 80% of patients withhold information from their health providers.
Why Patients Don’t Talk about Using Alternative Medicine
Here are some of the reasons people give for not telling their doctors about their alternative care: