Multiple interacting factors corresponding to repetitive use of complementary and alternative medicine.

Research paper by Shiow-Ing SI Wu, Pesus P Chou, Mei-Li ML Chen, Jeen Hsiu JH Chen, Mei-Ling ML Yeh, Kuan-Chia KC Lin

Indexed on: 15 May '12Published on: 15 May '12Published in: Complementary Therapies in Medicine


To examine the factors correlating with repetitive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).In 2006, a community-based epidemiological survey was conducted in Taiwan. A total of 2457 participants (1237 men and 1220 women) aged 18 and over participated in the study.From the application of regression tree analysis and the Health Belief Model, we have noticed the following findings. First, demand motive was the most dominant discriminator factor for the repetitive use of CAM. Second-layer discriminators were evaluated on the basis of action benefits and barriers, as well as sources of action information. Another predominant factor is the heterogeneity of individual background. When participants used CAM for treatment of illness, their household income was ≥ 1000 US dollars per month, they had past experience of western medicine seeking without effects and aged between 30 and 60 years, the predicted mean values for all types of CAM use is 5.62 (the highest). By contrast, when participants used CAM for maintenance of health, their household income was <2000 US dollars per month, they are male, with moderate or good self-rated health who had less than 9 education years, the predicted mean values for all types of CAM use is 1.36 (the lowest).Upon the above components, it assists us to understand the multiple interactive reasons on people's repetitive use of CAM. It also provides essential information for specific CAM issues. Furthermore, from the different perspectives; it stimulates the thoughts for the future medical care projects.