alexa Correlates of use of alternative medicine by the elderly in an urban population.
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Epidemiology: Open Access

Author(s): Cherniack EP, Senzel RS, Pan CX

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence and predictors of use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by the elderly. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey examining patterns of use of complementary therapies in two urban multiethnic populations of older adults. SETTING AND SUBJECTS: A convenience sample of 421 older participants were interviewed at two sites: a university geriatrics primary care practice and a veterans medical clinic, both in New York City. Subjects were excluded if they did not speak English or if they were moderately cognitively impaired. MEASUREMENT: Use of CAM within the previous year. RESULTS: Fifty-eight percent (58\%) of all subjects surveyed used some form of CAM, and close to 75\% at the university practice alone. Use correlated most strongly with female gender (p < 0.0001), greater education (p = 0.0095), thyroid disease (p = 0.0190) and arthritis (p = 0.0251). There was no correlation with income, race, age, or self-perceived health status. CONCLUSIONS: CAM use is highly prevalent in older persons in this study, especially among females and those who are more highly educated. This article was published in J Altern Complement Med and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access

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