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Ask Patients with Arthritis about Alternative Medicine Use

KEY POINT

About two-thirds of patients with rheumatologic conditions—especially osteoarthritis—use complementary or alternative medicine (CAM), and most people who use the products and services are using them now and using them regularly.

SOURCES

Rao JK et al. Use of complementary therapies for arthritis among patients of rheumatologists. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131: 409–16.