Factors Associated with Herb and Dietary Supplement Use by Young Adults in the United States

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Factors Associated with Herb and Dietary Supplement Use by Young Adults in the United States

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dc.contributor.author Gardiner, Paula
dc.contributor.author Kemper, Kathi J
dc.contributor.author Legedza, Anna
dc.contributor.author Phillips, Russell Scott
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-20T19:22:52Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Gardiner, Paula, Kathi J. Kemper, Anna Legedza, and Russell S. Phillips. 2007. Factors Associated with herb and dietary supplement use by young adults in the United States. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 7: 39. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1472-6882 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4870971
dc.description.abstract Background: Little is known about the association between use of herbs and dietary supplements (HDS) and lifestyle/behavior factors in young adults in the US. Methods: Analyzing the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), we examined the patterns of HDS (excluding vitamins/minerals) use among young adults in the United States using descriptive statistics and logistic regression. Results: In our sample of 18 to 30 year olds (n = 6666), 26% were current smokers, 24% were moderate/heavy drinkers, 43% had high physical activity, and 54% and 76% use prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications respectively. Non-vitamin, non-mineral HDS was used by 17% of the overall sample in the last 12 months. In the multivariable analysis, the lifestyle and behavioral factors associated with HDS use include: current smoking (odds ratio 1.41 95% CI [1.16–1.72]); being a former smoker (1.50 [1.15–1.95]); moderate/heavy alcohol use (2.02 [1.53–2.65]); high physical activity levels (2.45 [1.98–3.03]); and prescription medication use (1.51 [1.26–1.81]). Among HDS users, only 24% discussed their use with a health care professional. Conclusion: Nearly one in five young adults report using non-vitamin/non-mineral HDS. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-7-39 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2213683/pdf/ en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title Factors Associated with Herb and Dietary Supplement Use by Young Adults in the United States en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine en_US
dash.depositing.author Phillips, Russell Scott
dc.date.available 2011-04-20T19:22:52Z
dash.affiliation.other HMS^Medicine- Beth Israel-Deaconess en_US

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