Self-Reported Health Symptoms and Conditions Among Complementary and Alternative Medicine Users in a Large Military Cohort
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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A typical profile of a person in the military who chooses complementary and alternative medicine CAM has not yet been established. Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study, this crosssectional analysis identified demographic characteristics and types of health-related symptoms and conditions associated with CAM use. A cross-sectional analysis of 86,131 individuals from all services, as well as active duty and Reserve and National Guard members from the Millennium Cohort, participated in this study. This exploratory analysis sought to describe self-reported health-related symptoms and conditions associated with reported CAM use. This study highlights a consistent increase in symptom and condition reporting among those who report either practitioner-assisted or self-administered CAM use compared with those who do not. This is an interesting finding given the diversity of health conditions and symptoms assessed, indicating a wide array of morbidities that CAM may be used to treat. Conclusion With increased use of CAM therapies in US civilian and military personnel, it is important for military health care providers to understand the characteristics of CAM use in these populations.
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