Table 7

Summary table of papers discussing perceptions toward CAM.

NameRefDesignN/NpMain Results
Emslie132Mail survey800/432 (54%); USACAM use increased from 29% to 41% over the study period; concerns about costs and safety of using CAM had decreased; chiropractic use had grown from 4% to 9%, and awareness from 56% to 70% over the study period.
Lewith133Mail survey12168/2875 (24%); Great BritainMDs rarely used chiropractic care (0.6%), but attitudes toward CAM were generally positive.
Ismail134Mail survey40/34 (85%); Kinta District, Perak44% felt that manipulation could be harmful, but nearly 60% of physicians surveyed used some form of CAM and were in favor of a hospital-based CAM center.
Chan135Mail survey1713/279 (16%); Hawaii-based physiciansChiropractic rated highly as having a role in conventional medicine; many would refer patients to chiropractors.
Greenfield136Student questionnaire150; first-year medical students37% had used at least 1 form of CAM, with aromatherapy and homeopathy highest; chiropractic was seen as the most convincing form of CAM
Kroesen137Focus groups100 people in 12 focus groups; US military veteransPeople used CAM because they had negative feelings toward the over-prescription of medications. They also wanted more involvement in their own care.
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