Nonconventional medicine in Israel : Consultation patterns of the Israeli population and attitudes of primary care physicians.
This paper reports the findings of a study of nonconventional medicine in Israel.
Data regarding patterns and correlates of consultations with alternative medicine practitioner were obtained from structured face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of 2030 Jewish adults aged 45 to 75.
In addition, in-depth open-ended interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of 20 primary care physicians in order to explore their beliefs, attitudes and behaviors regarding nonconventional medicine.
Six percent of the respondents interviewed in the population study visited an alternative practitioner in the year prior to the interview.
For most of them, the consultation was a consequence of disappointment with the lack of success of conventional medical treatment.
Most felt that the alternative medicine treatment had helped.
Nearly 40% were seeing their regular primary care physician at the same time as they were seeing an alternative medical practitioner.
Women were more likely than men to consult an alternative medicine practitioner ; consulters rated their health status more negatively than non-consulters.
Consulters had a higher level of education than non-consulters. but the two groups did not differ in terms of age or economic status.
Nearly all of the physicians stated that they refer patients to alternative practioners ; in most cases the referrals are in response to patients'requests. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Consultation, Comportement utilisateur, Médecine parallèle, Attitude, Médecin généraliste, Personnel sanitaire, Homme, Israël, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Consultation, User behavior, Alternative medicine, Attitude, General practitioner, Health staff, Human, Israel, Asia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0289926
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 15/07/1997.