Frequency of Unconventional Treatment Use in Psychiatric Patients

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This study was conducted to determine the frequency of unconventional treatment use by psychiatric patients in Tehran.


In this cross-sectional study, 404 patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders were studied. The participants responded to a checklist and filled a questionnaire about their demographic characteristics.


Simultaneous use of conventional and unconventional treatment was seen in 39.4% of patients, and among them, herbal therapy was the most common type (20.5%). No relationship was observed between patient satisfaction and the use of such treatment (p=0.347).


There is a high frequency of unconventional treatment use in psychiatric patients. However, the exact reasons for patients’ tendency towards such approach and also advantages and disadvantages of its application need more investigation.

Journal of Iranian Medical Council, Volume:4 Issue: 2, Spring 2021
104 to 109  
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