Patient–physician communication on herbal medicine use during pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis
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    Further Insights into the Dialogue Between Expecting Mothers and Their Doctors Regarding Use of Herbal Remedies in Pregnancy
    • Poorya Kheyrandish, General Practitioner Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Science, Shiraz, Iran

    Dear esteemed authors,

    Congratulations on this well-designed study. I carefully read your study with great interest. I decided to write a commentary on your study as it discusses a field I am most passionate about.

    - Introduction:
    The introduction provides a comprehensive background on the use of herbal medicine (HM) during pregnancy, the potential risks, and the importance of effective patient-physician communication. The rationale for conducting this systematic review is well-justified.
    - Methods:
    The search strategy is well-described and comprehensive, covering multiple relevant databases and using appropriate keywords and search terms.
    The eligibility criteria for study inclusion are clearly stated and reasonable.
    The process of study selection, data extraction, and risk of bias assessment is described in detail and appears to be rigorous.
    The methods for data synthesis and statistical analysis, including the use of subgroup analyses and correlation analyses, are appropriate and well-explained.
    - Results:
    The results are presented systematically and clearly, with the use of tables, figures, and forest plots to effectively visualize the findings.
    The findings related to the prevalence of HM use during pregnancy, the rates of disclosure to healthcare providers, and the factors associated with disclosure are insightful and well-supported by the data.
    The subgroup analyses based on geographical regio...

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    Conflict of Interest:
    None declared.