Prepared as a research brief for HSR.
Research and Methods Briefs
Personal Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) by U.S. Health Care Workers
Article first published online: 22 AUG 2011
© Health Research and Educational Trust
Health Services Research
Volume 47, Issue 1pt1, pages 211–227, February 2012
How to Cite
Johnson, P. J., Ward, A., Knutson, L. and Sendelbach, S. (2012), Personal Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) by U.S. Health Care Workers. Health Services Research, 47: 211–227. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01304.x
- Issue published online: 12 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 22 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 MAY 2011
- National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
- Division of Health Interview Statistics
- Complementary and alternative medicine;
- health care workforce;
- National Health Interview Survey
To examine personal use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among U.S. health care workers.
Data are from the 2007 Alternative Health Supplement of the National Health Interview Survey. We examined a nationally representative sample of employed adults (n = 14,329), including a subsample employed in hospitals or ambulatory care settings (n = 1,280).
We used multivariate logistic regression to estimate the odds of past year CAM use.
Health care workers are more likely than the general population to use CAM. Among health care workers, health care providers are more likely to use CAM than other occupations.
Personal CAM use by health care workers may influence the integration of CAM with conventional health care delivery. Future research on the effects of personal CAM use by health care workers is therefore warranted.