Use of complementary and alternative medicine in Europe : Health-related and sociodemographic determinants

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dc.contributor.author Kemppainen, Laura M.
dc.contributor.author Kemppainen, Teemu T.
dc.contributor.author Reippainen, Jutta A.
dc.contributor.author Salmenniemi, Suvi T.
dc.contributor.author Vuolanto, Pia
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-03T11:14:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-03T11:14:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018-06-01
dc.identifier.citation Kemppainen , L M , Kemppainen , T T , Reippainen , J A , Salmenniemi , S T & Vuolanto , P 2018 , ' Use of complementary and alternative medicine in Europe : Health-related and sociodemographic determinants ' , Scandinavian Journal of Public Health , vol. 46 , no. 4 , pp. 448-455 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1403494817733869
dc.identifier.other PURE: 96753278
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dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85041189617
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000434321400003
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-9320-2442/work/47998106
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-0450-4439/work/66366883
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/240781
dc.description.abstract Aims: The aim of this research was to study health-related and sociodemographic determinants of the use of different complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in Europe and differences in CAM use in various European countries. Methods: The study was based on a design-based logistic regression analysis of the European Social Survey (ESS), Round 7. We distinguished four CAM modalities: manual therapies, alternative medicinal systems, traditional Asian medical systems and mind-body therapies. Results: In total, 25.9% of the general population had used CAM during the last 12 months. Typically, only one CAM treatment had been used, and it was used more often as complementary rather than alternative treatment. The use of CAM varied greatly by country, from 10% in Hungary to almost 40% in Germany. Compared to those in good health, the use of CAM was two to fourfold greater among those with health problems. The health profiles of users of different CAM modalities varied. For example, back or neck pain was associated with all types of CAM, whereas depression was associated only with the use of mind-body therapies. Individuals with difficult to diagnose health conditions were more inclined to utilize CAM, and CAM use was more common among women and those with a higher education. Lower income was associated with the use of mind-body therapies, whereas the other three CAM modalities were associated with higher income. Conclusions: Help-seeking differed according to the health problem, something that should be acknowledged by clinical professionals to ensure safe care. The findings also point towards possible socioeconomic inequalities in health service use. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 5141 Sociology
dc.subject Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
dc.subject health conditions
dc.subject health problems
dc.subject health services
dc.subject help-seeking
dc.subject determinants of CAM use
dc.subject European Social Survey
dc.subject country-level differences
dc.title Use of complementary and alternative medicine in Europe : Health-related and sociodemographic determinants en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
dc.contributor.organization Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/1403494817733869
dc.relation.issn 1403-4948
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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