Mid-age women's consultations with acupuncturists: A longitudinal analysis of 11,200 women, 2001-2007

Sibbritt, David, Adams, Jon and Moxey, Annette (2011) Mid-age women's consultations with acupuncturists: A longitudinal analysis of 11,200 women, 2001-2007. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17 8: 735-740. doi:10.1089/acm.2010.0518

Author Sibbritt, David
Adams, Jon
Moxey, Annette
Title Mid-age women's consultations with acupuncturists: A longitudinal analysis of 11,200 women, 2001-2007
Journal name Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1075-5535
Publication date 2011-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/acm.2010.0518
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 17
Issue 8
Start page 735
End page 740
Total pages 6
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY, United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: The objectives of this study were to chart the patterns and determine the factors associated with acupuncture consultations among a large cohort of mid-aged women in Australia over a 6-year period. 

A longitudinal analysis of questionnaires completed in 2001, 2004, and 2007 as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Statistical analyses included Generalized Estimating Equations.

Subjects: Mid-aged women (n = 11,200) were randomly selected from the Australian Medicare database, with oversampling of women from rural and remote areas. 

Outcome measure: The outcome measure was consultation with an acupuncturist in the 12 months prior to each survey.

Results: The percentage of women who consulted an acupuncturist in the years 2001, 2004, and 2007 were 4.2%, 4.3%, and 5.9%, respectively. Only 0.5% of women consulted with an acupuncturist at all survey periods, 2.0% at two survey periods, and 7.4% at only one survey period. Acupuncture consultations significantly increased if the women had back problems (odds ratio [OR] = 1.5), arthritis (OR = 1.3), had higher levels of education (OR = 1.9), were high users of general practitioners/family practitioners (OR = 2.6), and high users of biomedical specialists (OR = 1.4). 

Conclusions: Use of acupuncturists among mid-age women appears to be strongly influenced by poor physical health. The percentage of women in the community who use acupuncture remained relatively consistent over the study period. Women do not tend to consistently use acupuncture over time, but instead appear to use acupuncture as a one-off treatment or at selected time points. 
Keyword Alternative Medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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