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  1. Why patients use alternative medicine ; Results of a national study.

    Article - En anglais

    Context. - Research both in the United States and abroad suggests that significant numbers of people are involved with various forms of alternative medicine.

    However, the reasons for such use are, at present, poorly understood.


    - To investigate possible predictors of altemative health care use.


    - Three primary hypotheses were tested.

    People seek out these alternatives because (1) they are dissatisfied in some way with conventional treatment ; (2) they see alternative treatments as offering more personal autonomy and control over health care decisions ; and (3) the altematives are seen as more compatible with the patients'values, worldview ; or beliefs regarding the nature and meaning of health and illness.

    Additional predictor variables explored included demographics and health status.


    - A written survey examining use of alternative health care, health status, values, and attitudes toward conventional medicine.

    Multiple logistic regression analyses were used in an effort to identify predictors of altemative health care use.

    Setting and Participants

    - A total of 1035 individuals randomly selected from a panel who had agreed to participate in mail surveys and who live throughout the United States.

    Main Outcome Measure

    - Use of alternative medicine within the previous year.


    - The response rate was 69%. The following variables emerged as predictors of alternative health care use : more education (odds ratio [OR], 1. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine parallèle, Enquête opinion, Utilisation, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Alternative medicine, Opinion inquiry, Use, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0267542

    Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 11/09/1998.