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The profile of women who consult alternative health practitioners in Australia


Adams, J and Sibbritt, DW and Easthope, G and Young, AF, The profile of women who consult alternative health practitioners in Australia, The Medical Journal of Australia, 179, (6) pp. 297-300. ISSN 0025-729X (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05551.x


Objectives: To compare the characteristics of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) users and non-users among Australian women. Design: Cross-sectional postal questionnaire conducted during 1996, forming the baseline survey of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Participants: Women aged 18-23 years (n= 14779), 45-50 years (n= 14099) and 70-75 years (n= 12939), randomly selected from the Health Insurance Commission database, with over-sampling of women from rural and remote areas of Australia. Main outcome measures: Consultation with an alternative health practitioner in the 12 months before the survey. Results: Women in the mid-age cohort were more likely to have consulted an alternative health practitioner in the previous year (28%) than women in the younger cohort (19%) or older cohort (15%). In all age groups, CAM users were more likely than CAM non-users to reside in non-urban areas, to report poorer health, have more symptoms and illness, and be higher users of conventional health services. Conclusions: Women in non-urban Australia are more likely to use CAM but do so in parallel with conventional health services.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine
Research Field:Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Easthope, G (Dr Gary Easthope)
ID Code:27118
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:98
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-03-25

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