Determinants of Women Consulting with a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioner for Pregnancy-Related Health Conditions

Steel, Amie, Adams, Jon, Sibbritt, David, Broom, Alex, Gallois, Cindy and Frawley, Jane (2014) Determinants of Women Consulting with a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioner for Pregnancy-Related Health Conditions. Women and Health, 54 2: 127-144. doi:10.1080/03630242.2013.876488


Author Steel, Amie
Adams, Jon
Sibbritt, David
Broom, Alex
Gallois, Cindy
Frawley, Jane
Title Determinants of Women Consulting with a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioner for Pregnancy-Related Health Conditions
Journal name Women and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0363-0242
1541-0331
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03630242.2013.876488
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 54
Issue 2
Start page 127
End page 144
Total pages 18
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 2700 Medicine
Abstract The objective of this study was to explore the determinants that are related to women's likelihood to consult with a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner during pregnancy. Primary data were collected as a sub-study of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) in 2010. We completed a cross-sectional survey of 2,445 women from the ALSWH "younger" cohort (n = 8,012), who had identified as being pregnant or had recently given birth in 2009. Independent Poisson backwards stepwise regression models were applied to four CAM practitioner outcome categories: acupuncturist, chiropractor, massage therapist, and naturopath. The survey was completed by 1,835 women (79.2%). The factors associated with women's consultation with a CAM practitioner differed by practitioner groups. A range of demographic factors were related, including employment status, financial status, and level of education. Women's health insurance coverage, health status, and perceptions toward both conventional maternity care and CAM were also associated with their likelihood of consultations with all practitioner groups, but in diverse ways. Determinants for women's consultations with a CAM practitioner varied across practitioner groups. Stakeholders and researchers would benefit from giving attention to specific individual modalities when considering CAM use in maternity care. Copyright
Keyword Complementary and alternative medicine
Pregnancy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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