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Factors influencing preferences for alternative medicine by Korean Americans.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15315269     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Use of alternative medicine among the public has increased rapidly over the last few decades. Studies on alternative health care have been conducted on the general public and on major ethnic groups, but not on Korean Americans, who are one of the fastest growing Asian populations in the United States. This study was a cross-sectional survey of 143 Korean Americans in the Greater New York Metropolitan area; all of them were users of alternative medicine. Inter-correlations of hypothetical demographic predictors and preferences for alternative medicine were obtained. Multiple logistic regression analyses were used to identify factors influencing alternative medicine preferences. Most of the respondents answered that they preferred alternative medicine because of philosophical congruence, i.e. they found alternative therapies compatible with their values, world views, spiritual/religious philosophies, and beliefs regarding the nature and meaning of health and illness. The results show that younger, well-educated respondents, with significant acculturation level, and have stayed in the US for a relatively short period of time preferred alternative medicine. The information derived from this and similar studies may be of potential value to the biomedical community, governmental agencies, insurance companies and managed care organizations.
Jeongseon Kim; Mabel M Chan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of Chinese medicine     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0192-415X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Chin. Med.     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-18     Completed Date:  2004-11-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7901431     Medline TA:  Am J Chin Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  321-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Food and Nutrition in Oriental Medicine, Semyung University Chungbuk, 390-711, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Americans / psychology*
Attitude to Health*
Complementary Therapies / utilization*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Cultural Characteristics*
Health Surveys
Korea / ethnology
Middle Aged
New York City
Social Values

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