In a South London general practice a substantial proportion of patients in some age groups (35 and 45 yr) had tried alternative treatment.
Satisfaction with the outcome was limited.
The use of alternatives was associated with higher general practice consultation rates, especially among women.
Qualitative interviews with users suggested that rapid cures for chronic conditions were rarely expected; rather, an alternative explanation for health problems was sought and a greater sense of autonomy in dealing with them.
Negative attitudes towards modern medicine arose from perceptions of excessive technological intervention and iatrogenic disorders arising from long term drug treatment.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine générale, Age, Perception sociale, Utilisation, Sexe, Homme, Attitude, Royaume Uni, Médecine parallèle, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Internal medicine, Age, Social perception, Use, Sex, Human, Attitude, United Kingdom, Alternative medicine, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0641577
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 199406.