Prevalence of homeopathy use by the general population worldwide: a systematic review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Prevalence of homeopathy use by the general population worldwide
Abstract: 

AIM: To systematically review surveys of 12-month prevalence of homeopathy use by the general population worldwide. METHODS: Studies were identified via database searches to October 2015. Study quality was assessed using a six-item tool. All estimates were in the context of a survey which also reported prevalence of any complementary and alternative medicine use. RESULTS: A total of 36 surveys were included. Of these, 67% met four of six quality criteria. Twelve-month prevalence of treatment by a homeopath was reported in 24 surveys of adults (median 1.5%, range 0.2-8.2%). Estimates for children were similar to those for adults. Rates in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada all ranged from 0.2% to 2.9% and remained stable over the years surveyed (1986-2012). Twelve-month prevalence of all use of homeopathy (purchase of over-the-counter homeopathic medicines and treatment by a homeopath) was reported in 10 surveys of adults (median 3.9%, range 0.7-9.8%) while a further 11 surveys which did not define the type of homeopathy use reported similar data. Rates in the USA and Australia ranged from 1.7% to 4.4% and remained stable over the years surveyed. The highest use was reported by a survey in Switzerland where homeopathy is covered by mandatory health insurance. CONCLUSIONS: This review summarises 12-month prevalence of homeopathy use from surveys conducted in eleven countries (USA, UK, Australia, Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, South Korea, Japan and Singapore). Each year a small but significant percentage of these general populations use homeopathy. This includes visits to homeopaths as well as purchase of over-the-counter homeopathic medicines.

Author(s): 
Relton, Clare
Cooper, Katy
Viksveen, Petter
Fibert, Philippa
Thomas, Kate
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Journal Abbreviation: 
Homeopathy
Publication Date: 
2017-05
Publication Year: 
2017
Pages: 
69-78
Volume: 
106
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1476-4245
DOI: 
10.1016/j.homp.2017.03.002
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 28552176

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Clare Relton, Katy Cooper, Petter Viksveen, Philippa Fibert and Kate Thomas. 2017-05. "Prevalence of homeopathy use by the general population worldwide: a systematic review." Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy 106: 2: 69-78. 10.1016/j.homp.2017.03.002.

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