Physician practicing preferences for conventional or homeopathic medicines in elderly subjects with musculoskeletal disorders in the EPI3-MSD cohort.
Musculoskeletal pain is common in elderly persons. Analgesic use is high in the elderly and may involve unacceptable risk in individuals with chronic pain. The aim of this study was to compare the socio-demographic characteristics of elderly subjects with musculoskeletal disorders and to assess medication use and clinical evolution of musculoskeletal pain according to physician prescribing preference.
The EPI3 study was a 1 year observational survey carried out among general practitioners in France between March 2007 and July 2008.
CONCLUSIONS: The use of homeopathic medicines for musculoskeletal patients was associated with the decreased use of NSAIDs. NSAID use was significantly higher in elderly patients consulting a conventional prescribing-practice physician than in those consulting a mixed prescribing-practice or homeopathic physician. Consulting a homeopathic physician for MSD management does not seem to represent a loss of therapeutic opportunity.
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