Is there consensus in the scientific community as to which therapies should and should not be considered unconventional?
What type of therapy is defined as the lack of inclusion in medical schools or availaibility in US hospitals?
What is the perception among clinicians and in the popular press about unconventional therapies?
They represent a rejection of, and challenge to, the mainstream medical system.
What is the use of unconventional therapies as a substitute for conventional medical treatments?
What is the use of unconventional therapies in conjunction with conventional medical treatments?
What do the majority of individuals who are using unconventional therapies as a substitute for conventional medical treatments report?
How do theses individuals see the use of unconventional treatmenets?
Dissatisfaction with mainstream medicine
They see it as a way to reject, and challenge, the mainstream medical establishment.
How do the majority of unconventional medicine users in the US report using complementary medicine therapies?
Using such therapies in conjunction with conventional medical treatments
Using unconventional therapies mainly to augment their medical care
In the US, how are unconventional therapies delivered?
1. self-administered (dietary supplements)
2. practitioner-based (chiropractic or acupuncture)
What are the top 10 reasons why patients seek C/A health care?
1. failure of conventional medicine
2. adverse effects of conventional medicine
3. communication problems w/ conventional physicians
4. cost of conventional medicine
5. personal control over treatment
6. experiences of others with CAM
7. appreciation of philosophy, practice & success of CAM
8. natural remedies/treatments (safe!)
9. accessibility of CAM
10. freedom of choice in health care
According to National Center for Health Statistics & CDC, how many adults in the US are using some type of CAM?
4 out of 10 adults
In the adult population, CAM use is more prevalent among who?
adults aged 30-69
adults w/ higher levels of education
adults who are not poor
adults living in the West
adults who have been hospitalized in the preceding year
adults who are unable to afford conventional medical care
In adults, CAM is used most often to treat which conditions?
head or chest colds
In the children population, how many are given some type of CAM therapy?
about 1 in 9 children
In the children population, CAM is more likely to be used among who?
adolescents aged 12-17 years
children of educated parents
children with health conditions
children of parents who use CAM
What are children using CAM most often to treat?
musculoskeletal problems (back or neck pain)
head or chest colds
anxiety or stress
What are the top 4 therapeutic modalities of CAM?
What is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the health care professions?
Which practice is the most widely disseminated indigenous US system of healing?
What is the core clinical procedure in chiropractic health care and practice?
spinal manipulation (adjustment)
When did the chiropractic profession originate in the US?
Chiropractic theory is ____(1)_____ and the profession is considered an _____(2)_____ form of medical care.