Personal use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by U.S. health care workers

Pamela Jo Johnson, Andrew Ward, Lori Knutson, Sue Sendelbach

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Abstract

Objective To examine personal use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among U.S. health care workers. Data Data are from the 2007 Alternative Health Supplement of the National Health Interview Survey. We examined a nationally representative sample of employed adults (n = 14,329), including a subsample employed in hospitals or ambulatory care settings (n = 1,280). Study Design We used multivariate logistic regression to estimate the odds of past year CAM use. Principal Findings Health care workers are more likely than the general population to use CAM. Among health care workers, health care providers are more likely to use CAM than other occupations. Conclusions Personal CAM use by health care workers may influence the integration of CAM with conventional health care delivery. Future research on the effects of personal CAM use by health care workers is therefore warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-227
Number of pages17
JournalHealth services research
Volume47
Issue number1 PART 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • National Health Interview Survey
  • health care workforce

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