A Profile of Military Veterans in the Southwestern United States Who Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Implications for Integrated Care
Baldwin, Carol M.
Brooks, Audrey J.
Bell, Iris R.
Archives of Internal Medicine 2002 August 12/26; 162(15): 1697-1704
BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and expenditures are on the rise in the United States. Although civilian users of CAM have been well described, little is known about military veteran users of CAM. OBJECTIVE: To describe military veteran CAM users in the southwestern United States. METHODS: The study population comprised 508 military veterans randomly selected from Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (Tucson) primary care patient lists, who had agreed to participate in a telephone interview. The chi(2) test was used to analyze CAM use by demographic characteristics, military service, military-related health outcomes, and physician-diagnosed health complaints. Logistic regression was used to determine predictor variables. RESULTS: Of the 508 subjects, 252 (49.6%) reported CAM use. Military veteran CAM users were significantly more likely to be non-Hispanic white, earn more than $50 000 per year (both P
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