Surveys indicate growing use of complementary therapies (CT) by aging Americans, often without medical consultation.
Complementary therapies are techniques that may be used in concert with, rather than instead of, standard medical treatment.
A questionnaire was completed by 63 primary care physicians in Ohio (60% response rate).
The majority of respondents believed that their older patients were interested in using CT, especially for coping with chronic illness (86%). Less than 25% of physicians were comfortable discussing CT in general with patients or made referrals.
However, most would consider suggesting CT for control of symptoms.
Seventy-five percent saw the need for education and/or research about CT for older patients.
Physicians'own use of CT, age, female gender, and medical degree (DO vs.
MD) were associated with attitudes.
Mots-clés Pascal : Attitude, Médecin généraliste, Soin santé primaire, Médecine parallèle, Enquête, Vieillard, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Attitude, General practitioner, Primary health care, Alternative medicine, Survey, Elderly, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0288792
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 27/11/1998.