Complementary and alternative medicine consultations in urban and nonurban areas: a national survey of 1427 Australian women

Jon Adams, David Sibbritt, Alexander Broom, Deborah Loxton, Jon Wardle, Marie Pirotta, Chi-Wai Lui

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Objectives The purpose of this study was to evaluate survey data from a national cross-sectional sample of 1427 urban and nonurban Australian women focusing on the relationship between the use of specific complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner types and the levels of CAM use across urban and nonurban areas. Methods A cross-sectional survey of 1427 middle-aged participants from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women s Health conducted in 2009 was performed. The survey was designed to investigate multiple factors affecting the health and well-being of a cohort of women, with a particular emphasis on urban and nonurban residence. Women in 3 age groups ( young 18-23 years, mid-age 45-50 years, and older 70-75 years) were randomly selected from the national Medicare database. The survey covered place of residence, measures of health status, rating of health care providers/services, and consultation with CAM practitioners. Results The most commonly consulted CAM practitioners for this sample were massage therapists (n = 912; 63.9 ), doctors of chiropractic/ chiropractors (n = 614; 43.0 ), and naturopaths/herbal therapists (n = 327; 22.9 ). Statistically significant differences between the areas of residence were found for women who used chiropractors (P =.0165), yoga practitioners (P =.0087), and osteopaths (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12 - 19
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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