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Patients may choose to use CAM as a substitute or in conjunction with conventional medicine for a variety of reasons, including 1) dissatisfaction with health care providers and medical outcomes, 2) side effects of drugs or treatments, 3) high health costs (specifically medications), 4) lack of control in their own health care practices, and 5) impersonal and technological health care .In reviewing the literature, research studies have not reported on CAM use among rural residents, older adults in culturally diverse groups.Health care providers must be aware that elders are using CAM and are satisfied with their use.Identifying different uses of CAM by ethnicity is important for health care practitioners, impacting how health care is provided.
In a study examining use of CAM in the older adult, more women and fewer African Americans and Hispanics were represented in the sample.
Few CAM therapies have federal regulations to guide choices made about CAM.
The most commonly used CAM by the older adult has been reported as chiropractic medicine, herbal remedies, relaxation techniques, megavitamins and religious or spiritual healing .
The use of herbal remedies (ginkgo biloba and ginseng), vitamins, music therapy, touch, massage therapy, and neurofeedback have benefit in the older adult with implications for improved cognitive function .
In a recent study describing members of Shield 65, a Blue Shield Medicare supplement that offers CAM coverage for people over 65, 41% of older adults used some form of CAM, with 80% reporting some improvement in their health conditions.