We surveyed 30 patients in the Joseph F. Sullivan Center about their supplement use and dialogue concerning supplement use with their healthcare providers. Out of the 30 participants, 47% of patients surveyed reported that their healthcare provider had not asked about their use of herbal supplements. This is especially significant because providers at this clinic strive to discuss alternative therapies with their patients (fig. 8). 27% of the patients surveyed reported that they regularly used herbal supplements without telling their healthcare provider (fig. 9). Avocado, Cinnamon, Garlic, Ginger, and Green Tea were reported as the most commonly used herbal supplements by participants (fig. 10).
While there is much research concerning the risk-benefit profile of herbal supplements, this information is not compiled in a way that makes it easy for healthcare professionals to offer recommendations to patients. As a result, our ongoing research of milk thistle, ginseng, St. John’s Wart, ginkgo, goldenseal, and ephedra in addition to about 40 other herbs will be used to produce a current user-friendly chart to guide healthcare professionals in advising their patients. This chart will help to improve patient outcomes of clients who consult a healthcare provider before using herbal supplements.
Presentation and Publication
Research concerning herbal supplements and the herbal supplement chart was presented at the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Research Conference in Dublin, Ireland and a manuscript entitled “Herbal Supplements: Safety and Research Support” has been submitted to the Editorial Manager of The Nurse Practitioner. A resolution was presented in support of increasing advocacy for the addition of a herbal supplement inquiry on health history forms and the article was published about this topic in Imprint.
At the conference center for the oral presentation. From Left to Right: Adam Carroll, Dr. Rosanne Pruitt, and Ashley Lemanski
The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Scholarly Journal manuscript was submitted to
First page of Imprint article
We would like to extend a special thanks to the Calhoun Honors College, Clemson Creative Inquiry, and the Clemson University School of Nursing for making this research possible.
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