Table 6

Summary table for papers examining specific settings.

NameRefDesignN/Np; settingMain Results
Cuellar119Descriptive comparative study183; African American and Caucasian elderly in rural settings.Most common forms of CAM used were prayer, vitamins, exercise, meditation and chiropractic; there was difference in chiropractic use between African Americans (7.5%) and Caucasians (19%).
Keegan122Descriptive study213; Mexican Americans in the TX Rio Grande ValleyMost common forms of CAM used included herbs (44%), prayer (29.5%), massage (28.3%), relaxation (22.5%) and chiropractic (19%).
Sirois123Self-selected patient questionnaire199; CAM and Cm patientsCAM patients had the most health problems, but sought care for more non-life-threatening diseases; they also sought care more for LBP (61%) compared to the CM group (19%).
Harris127Systematic review12 studies included; general populationCAM use in the US is growing and is being used by a greater proportion of the population.
Adams128Mail survey42,000+; Australian women who consult alternative health practitionersCAM users had poorer health status than non-CAM users, had lower levels of physical conditioning, and made more visits to GPs.
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