Serious decisions: chronic conditions and choice of provider

Lenore Hilda Manderson, Rachel Elizabeth Canaway

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People with chronic health conditions combine conventional medical care with different complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for varying reasons. The data on which we drew to elucidate this derive from a large mixed-methods study utilizing participant observation, in-depth interviews with 69 people with type 2 diabetes mellitus and/or cardiovascular disease (CVD), and interviews with 20 health care providers. Although integrative practices are increasingly common, people make clear choices about and trade-offs between conventional medical care and CAM, often using CAM and prescribed pharmaceuticals in tandem for different conditions and distinct purposes and outcomes. As we illustrate, some people perceived type 2 diabetes and CVD as too serious for CAM treatment, but concurrently, many turned to CAM providers in appreciation of the serious attention these providers paid to their health-related concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1638 - 1648
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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