A comparison of complementary and alternative medicine users and use across geographical areas: A national survey of 1,427 women

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Biomed Central Ltd
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011, 11 (85), pp. 1 - 8
Issue Date:
2011-01
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Background: Evidence indicates that people who reside in non-urban areas have a higher use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) than people who reside in urban areas. However, there is sparse research on the reasons for such differences. This paper investigates the reasons for geographical differences in CAM use by comparing CAM users from four geographical areas (major cities, inner regional, outer region, rural/remote) across a range of health status, healthcare satisfaction, neighbourhood and community factors. A cross-sectional survey of 1,427 participants from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) conducted in 2009.
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