Author: Shaonan Liu1, Jiaqi Lai1, Lei Wu2, Xinfeng Guo1
1 Evidence-based Medicine & Clinical Research Service Group, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine), Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China.
2 Respiratory Department, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine), Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China.
Conference/Journal: Patient Prefer Adherence
Date published: 2021 Jul 8
Other: Volume ID: 15 , Pages: 1529-1535 , Special Notes: doi: 10.2147/PPA.S316872. , Word Count: 284
The patient's preference plays an important role in clinical practice. There currently is no available evidence regarding the perception and attitudes of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) towards the use of Chinese medicine (CM) approaches. This study was designed to explore preferences and factors associated with CM among COPD patients.
Patients and methods:
A pilot survey was conducted among COPD patients using a structured, pre-tested questionnaire. The perceptions of CM therapies (including herbal medicine, non-pharmacotherapies), and expected clinical outcomes were investigated based on patient preference. Factors associated with preference of treatment scenarios were estimated in order of importance.
Thirty patients were enrolled in the survey, including 27 males and 3 females. Two-thirds of the patients preferred integrative Chinese and Western medicine for the treatment of COPD. Chinese patent medicines and CM decoction therapy were more popular than CM injections. The preferred non-drug therapy was point application, followed by acupuncture, Tai chi, or Qigong. More than 70% of patients reported that important clinical outcomes were improvements in lung function (77%) and dyspnea, cough, and sputum symptoms (73%), followed by exercise endurance (50%). Besides clinical efficacy, costs and side effects were also important factors for treatment selection.
This pilot study showed that Chinese patent medicine and CM decoctions were preferred options for complementary medicines to combine with routine pharmacotherapy for COPD treatment according to the patients' preferences. The improvement of dyspnea, cough symptoms, and lung function was the most desired clinical outcomes for patients. Quicker symptom relief, lower costs, and fewer side effects were key attributes for the treatment selection. Further research with a larger sample size is needed to definitively address the comprehensive conclusion.
Keywords: COPD; Chinese medicine; patient preference.
PMID: 34267508 PMCID: PMC8275201 DOI: 10.2147/PPA.S316872