CitationUpchurch, Dawn M. & Rainisch, Bethany K. Wexler (2012). Racial and ethnic profiles of complementary and alternative medicine use among young adults in the United States: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. vol. 17 (3) pp. 172-179 , PMCID: PMC3711674
AbstractThis study describes complementary and alternative medicine use among a national sample of young adults, with an emphasis on characterizing racial and ethnic differences, highlighting variation across subgroups of Hispanics. The authors examined young adults ages 18 to 27 years (n = 14 128) from wave III (2001-2002) of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Prevalence estimates and logistic regression results were weighted and adjusted for complex sample design. The study examined recent complementary and alternative medicine use in the past 12 months, recent use for each of 15 specific complementary and alternative medicine modalities, and the 5 most commonly used modalities (herbs, massage, chiropractic, relaxation, and vitamins). Results showed that 29% of young adults aged 18 to 27 years recently used complementary and alternative medicine. Prevalence was highest among Cuban Americans (42%) and lowest among blacks (22%). Young adults used a diversity of complementary and alternative medicine modalities and there were substantial differences in use across racial and ethnic groups.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Author(s)Upchurch, Dawn M.
Rainisch, Bethany K. Wexler