An exploration of the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in rural Southwest Virginia

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155305
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Presentation
Title:
An exploration of the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in rural Southwest Virginia
Abstract:
An exploration of the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in rural Southwest Virginia
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Weisz, Virginia K., MS, OGNP
P.I. Institution Name:Radford University
Title:Assistant Professor
[Research Presentation] The purpose of this study was to survey a convenience sample of residents in a rural Southwest Virginia population, in order to explore the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Aásurvey of five questions, utilizing a Likert scale was developed in order to investigate the frequency of use of these therapies, the conditions for which they were used, theáeffectiveness as compared to conventional therapies, access and barriers to these therapies. It was also surveyed whether respondents shared their use of these therapies with their health care provider. Subjects were recruited in and around Floyd County Virginia, with flyers and tear-off cards posted in a variety ofápublic locations. Respondents mailed in the cards and were mailed a survey. The survey instrument was developed using themes identified in a qualitative study of two focus groups from the same area, then refined in a survey of homeowners from this area last year. The previous survey revealed extensive use of CAM therapies for health care in the region. This study seeks to investigate use of CAM therapies in greater detail. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board at Radford University. Participants in the study came from a variety of ethnic, education and socioeconomic backgrounds. Medical problems listed included bone and joint problems, hypertension, heart disease, depression, cancer, migraines and others. CAM therapies listed included prayer, herbs, massage, Chinese medicine, osteopathic manipulation, energy therapies and chiropractic therapy. Respondents often used these therapies in conjunction with conventional medicine. Barriers to quality health care included the cost of visits,ácost of effective complementary therapies andáthe lack of insurance reimbursement for these therapies. Statistical analysis is being undertaken for spring 2007.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn exploration of the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in rural Southwest Virginiaen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155305-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">An exploration of the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in rural Southwest Virginia</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Weisz, Virginia K., MS, OGNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Radford University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">vweisz@radford.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] The purpose of this study was to survey a convenience sample of residents in a rural Southwest Virginia population, in order to explore the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. A&aacute;survey of five questions, utilizing a Likert scale was developed in order to investigate the frequency of use of these therapies, the conditions for which they were used, the&aacute;effectiveness as compared to conventional therapies, access and barriers to these therapies. It was also surveyed whether respondents shared their use of these therapies with their health care provider. Subjects were recruited in and around Floyd County Virginia, with flyers and tear-off cards posted in a variety of&aacute;public locations. Respondents mailed in the cards and were mailed a survey. The survey instrument was developed using themes identified in a qualitative study of two focus groups from the same area, then refined in a survey of homeowners from this area last year. The previous survey revealed extensive use of CAM therapies for health care in the region. This study seeks to investigate use of CAM therapies in greater detail. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board at Radford University. Participants in the study came from a variety of ethnic, education and socioeconomic backgrounds. Medical problems listed included bone and joint problems, hypertension, heart disease, depression, cancer, migraines and others. CAM therapies listed included prayer, herbs, massage, Chinese medicine, osteopathic manipulation, energy therapies and chiropractic therapy. Respondents often used these therapies in conjunction with conventional medicine. Barriers to quality health care included the cost of visits,&aacute;cost of effective complementary therapies and&aacute;the lack of insurance reimbursement for these therapies. Statistical analysis is being undertaken for spring 2007.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:43:22Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:43:22Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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