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Why people seek complementary and alternative medicine before conventional medical treatment : a population based study

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by P Thomson, J Jones, Matthew BrowneMatthew Browne, S Leslie
Background: Few studies explain peoples' intentions to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) before conventional medicine. Aims: To examine the psychosocial factors associated with intention to try CAM before conventional medicine; to explore the predictors of initially seeking CAM in the adult population in Australia. Design: A cross sectional survey. Methods: 1256 adults were interviewed as part of 2012 Queensland Social Survey. Relationships were explored using logistic regression. Results: 79% of respondents had used CAM in the last 12 months; 17.6% of people would try CAM before conventional medicine. Age, education, perceived control and spirituality predicted intention to try CAM before conventional medicine. People often sought CAM initially to improve their health and well-being. Conclusion: Personal characteristics and psychosocial factors predicted intention to try CAM before conventional medicine. These factors need to be considered by doctors and other conventional healthcare providers as part of person centred approaches to healthcare.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

20

Issue

4

Start Page

339

End Page

346

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

1744-3881

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Churchill Livingstone

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Raigmore Hospital (Inverness, Scotland); School of Human, Health and Social Sciences (2013- ); TBA Research Institute; University of Stirling;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Complementary therapies in clinical practice.

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