Use of herbal preparations during pregnancy: Focus group discussion among expectant mothers attending a hospital antenatal clinic in Norwich, UK

Holst, Lone, Wright, David, Nordeng, Hedvig and Haavik, Svein (2009) Use of herbal preparations during pregnancy: Focus group discussion among expectant mothers attending a hospital antenatal clinic in Norwich, UK. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 15 (4). pp. 225-229. ISSN 1873-6947

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Abstract

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.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
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Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2011 16:01
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 17:28
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/26600
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.04.001

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