Descriptive comparative study
183; African American and Caucasian elderly in rural settings.
Most common forms of CAM used were prayer, vitamins, exercise, meditation and chiropractic; there was difference in chiropractic use between African Americans (7.5%) and Caucasians (19%).
213; Mexican Americans in the TX Rio Grande Valley
Most common forms of CAM used included herbs (44%), prayer (29.5%), massage (28.3%), relaxation (22.5%) and chiropractic (19%).
Self-selected patient questionnaire
199; CAM and Cm patients
CAM patients had the most health problems, but sought care for more non-life-threatening diseases; they also sought care more for LBP (61%) compared to the CM group (19%).
12 studies included; general population
CAM use in the US is growing and is being used by a greater proportion of the population.
42,000+; Australian women who consult alternative health practitioners
CAM users had poorer health status than non-CAM users, had lower levels of physical conditioning, and made more visits to GPs.