Patterns and determinants of complementary and alternative medicine practitioner use among adults with diabetes in Queensland, Australia

Lui, Chi-Wai, Dower, Jo, Donald, Maria and Coll, Joseph R. (2012) Patterns and determinants of complementary and alternative medicine practitioner use among adults with diabetes in Queensland, Australia. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012 . doi:10.1155/2012/659419


Author Lui, Chi-Wai
Dower, Jo
Donald, Maria
Coll, Joseph R.
Title Patterns and determinants of complementary and alternative medicine practitioner use among adults with diabetes in Queensland, Australia
Journal name Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-427X
1741-4288
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1155/2012/659419
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2012
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract There is evidence that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is common among people with diabetes. The role of CAM in the treatment or management of diabetes is an emerging health issue given the potential side effects and benefits associated with the use of this kind of medicine. This paper examined patterns and determinants of CAM practitioner use in Queensland, Australia, using a large population-based sample of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The study found that within a 12- month period, 7.7% of people with diabetes used the services of CAMpractitioners alongside or as a complement to conventional health care service. Younger age, female gender, a higher education, having private health insurance, and engagement in preventive health behaviours are significant predictors of individuals who aremore likely to visit a CAM practitioner. There was no significant difference in CAM practitioner use between people with type 1, type 2 insulin requiring, or type 2 noninsulin requiring diabetes. The findings highlight the need for further research on the role of CAM in the prevention and management of diabetes.
Keyword Quality of life
Chronic illness
Older adults
Care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article #659419

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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