The Use of CAM by U.S. Adults with Functional Limitations Increasing
October 28, 2012 -
A report recently issued by CDC examined changes in the use of complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM) therapies by U.S. adults aged 18 years or older with
chronic disease-related functional limitations between 2002 and 2007.
Design: The study
was a cross-sectional survey. Setting/location: The study was conducted in the
Subjects: The study
comprised adults aged 18 years or older with chronic disease-related functional
Methods: Data were
obtained from the 2002 and 2007 U.S. National Health Interview Survey to compare
the use of 22 CAM therapies. Estimates were age adjusted to the year 2000 U.S.
unadjusted and age-standardized prevalence of overall CAM use (22 therapies
comparable between both survey years) was higher in 2007 than in 2002. Adults
with functional limitations that included changing and maintaining body position
experienced a significant increase in CAM use between 2002 and 2007
(31.1%-35.0%). The use of deep breathing exercises was the most prevalent CAM
therapy in both 2002 and 2007 and increased significantly during this period
(from 17.9% to 19.9%). The use of meditation, massage, and yoga also increased
significantly from 2002 and 2007.
U.S. adults with chronic disease-related functional limitations, the overall
increase in CAM use from 2002 to 2007 was significant, particularly among those
with changing and maintaining body position limitations. .