Are patients who use alternative medicine dissatisfied with orthodox medicine?

Donnelly W.J., Spykerboer J.E. and Thong Y.H. (1985) Are patients who use alternative medicine dissatisfied with orthodox medicine?. Medical Journal of Australia, 142 10: 539-541.

Author Donnelly W.J.
Spykerboer J.E.
Thong Y.H.
Title Are patients who use alternative medicine dissatisfied with orthodox medicine?
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 1985-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 142
Issue 10
Start page 539
End page 541
Total pages 3
Language eng
Subject 2700 Medicine
Abstract Approximately 45% of asthmatic families and 47% of non-asthmatic families had consulted an alternative-medicine practitioner at some time. The most popular form of alternative medicine was chiropractic (21.1% and 26.4%, respectively), followed by homoeopathy/naturopathy (18.8% and 12.7%, respectively), acupuncture (9.4% and 10.9%, respectively), and herbal medicine (4.7% and 6.4%, respectively), while the remainder (20.3% and 11.8% respectively) was distributed among iridology, osteopathy, hypnosis, faith healing and megavitamin therapy. More families were satisfied with orthodox medicine (87.1% and 93.6%, respectively) than with alternative medicine (84.2% and 75.1%, respectively). Crosstabulation analysis of pooled data both from asthma and from non-asthma groups showed that 76.4% were satisfied both with orthodox and with alternative medicine, and 16.4% were satisfied with orthodox, but not with alternative, medicine. In contrast, only 2.7% were dissatisfied with orthodox medicine and satisfied with alternative medicine (χ = 9.33;P < 0.01). These findings do not support the view that patients who use alternative medicine are those who are disgruntled with orthodox medicine.
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