Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bayamón, Puerto Rico

Roberto E. Torres-Zeno, Ruth Ríos-Motta, Yelitza Rodríguez-Sánchez, Jorge R. Miranda-Massari, Heriberto Marín-Centeno


Objective: To profile complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) utilization patterns in the municipality of Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Methods: The study consisted of a cross-sectional household survey conducted in 2008. A multi-stage probabilistic sampling method was used to obtain a total of 203 household interviews. The survey used was based on a culturally adapted version of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Supplement of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The statistical analysis included means, frequency distributions, and a multiple logistic regression model. Results: The prevalence rates of CAM use ranged from 55.7% to 92.1%, depending on the modalities included under CAM. The most frequently reported medical conditions treated with CAM included back problems, headaches, allergies, anxiety, and depression. Sixty-four percent of the respondents had not informed their physicians that they used CAM. The results showed a marginal association (0.05


Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Chronic Conditions; Health Care Utilization; Health Care Access; Patient Safety

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