Networks of knowledge or just old wives' tales?: A diarybased analysis of women's selfcare practices and everyday lay expertise

Sage Publications
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Journal Article
Health, 2014, 0, 18 (4), pp. 335 - 351
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Complementary and alternative medicine is increasingly popular in Australia and particularly among women. While existing research provides some understanding of women's engagement with complementary and alternative medicine and biomedicine, there has been comparatively little examination of the day-to-day character of their experiences. In this study, we utilise solicited diaries with women aged 60 -65 years drawn from the 1946-1951 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health to capture the temporal dimension of their therapeutic engagement. Focusing on 30 active complementary and alternative medicine users, we explore womens experiences of managing their health, illness and well-being over a 1-month period.
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