Prevalence of visits to five types of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners by the general population: a systematic review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Prevalence of visits to five types of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners by the general population
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: To systematically review surveys of 12-month prevalence of visits to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners for five therapies: acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, and medical herbalism. METHODS: Studies were identified via database searches to 2011. Study quality was assessed using a six-item tool. RESULTS: Forty-one surveys across 12 countries were included. Twenty-five (61%) met four of six quality criteria. Prevalence of visits by adults were (median, range): acupuncturists 1.4% (0.2-7.5%, N = 27 surveys), homeopaths 1.5% (0.2-2.9%, N = 20 surveys), osteopaths 1.9% (0.2-4.4%, N = 9 surveys), chiropractors 7.5% (0.3-16.7, N = 33 surveys), medical herbalists 0.9% (0.3-4.7%, N = 14 surveys). Estimates were slightly lower for children and higher for older adults. There was little change over the past 15-20 years. CONCLUSIONS: This review summarises 12-month prevalence of visits to CAM practitioners in Europe, North America, Australia, East Asia, Saudi Arabia and Israel. A small but significant percentage of these general populations visit CAM practitioners each year.

Author(s): 
Cooper, Katy L.
Harris, Philip E.
Relton, Clare
Thomas, Kate J.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Journal Abbreviation: 
Complement Ther Clin Pract
Publication Date: 
2013-11
Publication Year: 
2013
Pages: 
214-220
Volume: 
19
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
1873-6947
DOI: 
10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.06.006
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 24199976

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Katy L. Cooper, Philip E. Harris, Clare Relton and Kate J. Thomas. 2013-11. "Prevalence of visits to five types of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners by the general population: a systematic review." Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 19: 4: 214-220. 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.06.006.

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