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Americans Mingle Complementary Techniques
» posted by alternative1 on Jun. 20, 2004 at 1:31 pm
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Americans Mingle Complementary Techniques
With Traditional Medical Services, Survey Shows

Stanford University Survey
Business Wire
Sept 18, 98
"Results from the random telephone survey of 1,000 Americans were released at Stanford University on Friday, Sept. 18, at a conference attended by some 500 physicians and other health professionals. The researchers disclosed that 69 percent of survey respondents had used some form of complementary and/or alternative medicine (CAM) in the past year. Respondents had also seen traditional MDs an average of four times yearly. . . .The recent telephone survey queried respondents on their interest in and use of 19 different techniques: acupuncture, herbal medicine, chiropractic, vitamin therapy, massage, naturopathy, homeopathy, chelation, meditation, spiritual health, relaxation, yoga, folk remedies, guided imagery, hypnosis, tai chi, ayurvedic medicine, macrobiotic diet and Chinese medicine.

". . . .The study showed that while 55 percent of alternative medicine users had reduced the traditional medical services they used, the rest said their use of CAM had no effect on their visits to traditional physicians. Seventy-three percent of men and 87 percent of women in the study said they have a medical doctor they use most often for routine care. 'So, based on this and other details, we are getting a clearer picture of how CAM and traditional medicine are becoming interwoven,' said William Haskell, PhD, a Stanford professor of medicine (cardiovascular). Haskell is the principal investigator for the Stanford component of a major federally funded study evaluating the effectiveness of various CAM techniques. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health's Office of Alternative Medicine. . . . . More than 56 percent of the respondents in the recent telephone survey said they believe their health plan should cover CAM. On average, respondents said they would be willing to spend an additional $ 15.41 per month for health insurance for complementary services such as chiropractic, massage or acupuncture."









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