FEATURESDetermination of Use of Alternative Medicine Methods in Patients With Ankylosing SpondylitisÖzel, Filiz PhD; Çökmez Yetim, Burcu; Yatarkalkmaz, Sevgi; Karabulut, Gonca MD Author Information Faculty of Health Science, Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Kastamonu University, Turkey (Dr Özel); Ege University Medical Faculty Hospital, İzmir, Turkey (Mss Çökmez Yetim and Yatarkalkmaz); and Department of Rheumatology, School of Medicine, Ege University, İzmir, Turkey (Dr Karabulut). Correspondence: Gonca Karabulut, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, School of Medicine, Ege University 35100 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey ([email protected]). The authors thank the participants who gave their time to this study. All authors developed the study protocol and design. F.Ö. and G.K. led the writing of the article, and all authors provided input and feedback. All authors read and approved the final article. The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Holistic Nursing Practice 36(3):p 175-182, May/June 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000386 Buy Metrics Abstract This study aimed to examine complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who had or who had not received treatment with biological agents; the study also aimed to determine the types of CAM methods used by these patients. This is a comparative and cross-sectional study. This research was conducted at a rheumatology outpatient clinic of a university hospital in Turkey. A total of 120 patients who had (n = 60) and had not (n = 60) received therapy with biological agents participated in this study. A patient identification form and a questionnaire prepared by the researchers were used to collate the study data. This study found that the most commonly used method among patients who did not receive biological therapy was thermal facilities, at a rate of 28.3%; and that the most commonly used method among patients who did receive biological therapy was the use of thermal facilities, at a rate of 25%. No significant difference was found between patients who had received and patients who had not received biological therapy in terms of age and disease duration. Information was provided by health professionals to the patients concerning frequently used CAM modalities. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.