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Journal of Integrative Medicine ›› 2024, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (2): 180-187.doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2024.03.005

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The acceptance of traditional Chinese medicine among patients with Parkinson's disease: A hospital survey

Peng Wang a,b, Jing Hong c,d,e, Zhu-qian Tang f, Bi-zhen Gong a,b, Xiao-rong Qi a,b, Han Jiang g, Bo Pan d,e, Qi Chen b   

  1. a Postgraduate School, Medical School of Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Beijing 100853, China
    b Senior Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Sixth Medical Center of PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853, China
    c Department of Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100191, China
    d Department of Integrative Oncology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Naval Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China
    e School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naval Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China
    f School of Pharmacy, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu Province, China
    g Department of Dermatology, the First Clinical Medical College, Anhui University of Chinese Medicine, Hefei 230012, Anhui Province, China
  • Received:2023-10-07 Accepted:2024-01-01 Online:2024-03-31 Published:2024-03-08
  • Contact: Qi Chen; E-mail: Bo Pan; Email: Han Jiang; Email:

The efficacy of medications for Parkinson's disease (PD) tend to decline over time, which has a serious impact on patients' health and quality of life. To some extent, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can resolve the distressing problem of ineffective dopaminergic medication in PD patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitude, acceptance, and independent predictors of TCM in PD patients admitted to the outpatient department of a tertiary hospital.

A cross-sectional study of PD patients was conducted in the outpatient department of a large tertiary hospital in Beijing from March 2022 to June 2023. A self-report questionnaire was developed to investigate PD patients' attitudes and acceptance of TCM based on the questionnaire. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were also performed to further clarify the independent predictors influencing patients' adoption of TCM therapy.

A total of 397 patients completed the questionnaire, of which 78.09% were willing to be treated with TCM and 21.91% indicated that they were not willing to use TCM. Multifactorial logistic regression analysis showed that several parameters were correlated with a patient's willingness to include TCM in their therapeutic regime. These included education level of a bachelor's degree (odds ratio [OR) = 8.554; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 4.112–17.794; P < 0.001, vs junior high school education), living in an urban setting (OR = 8.022; 95% CI: 4.577–14.060; P < 0.001, vs rural), having other underlying diseases (OR = 5.126; 95% CI: 3.078–8.537; P < 0.001, vs none), having previously used TCM (OR = 3.083; 95% CI: 1.852–5.134; P < 0.001, vs not used), believing that TCM therapy is safe (OR = 3.530; 95% CI: 1.446–8.616; P = 0.006, vs not thought), believing that TCM therapy is effective (OR = 3.859; 95% CI: 1.482–10.047; P = 0.006, vs not understood), and being willing to discuss ongoing TCM therapy with an attending physician (OR = 62.468; 95% CI: 30.350–128.574; P < 0.001, vs not informed).

This study initially investigated the acceptance, attitude, and independent predictors of TCM use among PD patients. To expand the prevalence of TCM use among patients with PD, we recommend to broadening the public outreach for TCM via contemporary means of Internet and broadcast communication, enhancing access to TCM services in rural communities, and strengthening the communication between doctors and patients.

Key words: Parkinson's disease, Traditional Chinese medicine, Cross-sectional study

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