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dc.contributor.authorMcEachrane-Gross, F. Patriciaen_US
dc.contributor.authorLiebschutz, Jane M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBerlowitz, Danen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-09T20:53:13Z
dc.date.available2012-01-09T20:53:13Z
dc.date.copyright2006
dc.date.issued2006-10-6
dc.identifier.citationMcEachrane-Gross, F Patricia, Jane M Liebschutz, Dan Berlowitz. "Use of selected complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in veterans with cancer or chronic pain: a cross-sectional survey" BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 6:34. (2006)
dc.identifier.issn1472-6882
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/2885
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is emerging as an important form of care in the United States. We sought to measure the prevalence of selected CAM use among veterans attending oncology and chronic pain clinics and to describe the characteristics of CAM use in this population. METHODS. The self-administered, mail-in survey included questions on demographics, health beliefs, medical problems and 6 common CAM treatments (herbs, dietary supplements, chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture and homeopathy) use. We used the chi-square test to examine bivariate associations between our predictor variables and CAM use. RESULTS. Seventy-two patients (27.3%) reported CAM use within the past 12 months. CAM use was associated with more education (p = 0.02), higher income (p = 0.006), non-VA insurance (p = 0.003), additional care outside the VA (p = 0.01) and the belief that lifestyle contributes to illness (p = 0.015). The diagnosis of chronic pain versus cancer was not associated with differential CAM use (p = 0.15). Seventy-six percent of CAM non-users reported that they would use it if offered at the VA. CONCLUSION. Use of 6 common CAM treatments among these veterans is lower than among the general population, but still substantial. A large majority of veterans reported interest in using CAM modalities if they were offered at the VA. A national assessment of veteran interest in CAM may assist VA leaders to respond to patients' needs.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAmerican Cancer Society (Physician Training Award PTAPM-97-185-04)en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen_US
dc.rightsCopyright 2006 McEachrane-Gross et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
dc.titleUse of Selected Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Treatments in Veterans with Cancer or Chronic Pain: A Cross-Sectional Surveyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1472-6882-6-34
dc.identifier.pmid17026768
dc.identifier.pmcid1617117


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