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Life chance characteristics of older users of Swedish massage.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16290893     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The characteristics of those who use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), as an approach to chronic disease management, are poorly understood. They may however be important to nurses and other health professionals given that CAM is increasingly used by their patients with chronic disorders. In these contexts, the purpose of this study was to ascertain unique life chance population characteristics which significantly influence the use of Swedish massage therapy (SMT), a popular form of CAM, by older adults with chronic health dysfunctions. A multi-site and cross-sectional design was used, as well as a pre-tested postal questionnaire. One hundred forty-one (141) urban, non-institutionalized, English-speaking older persons participated, ranging in age from 60 to 94 years. Findings denote the essential role life chances have on individuals accessing alternative forms of care.
Kevin D Willison; Gavin J Andrews; William C Cockerham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Complementary therapies in clinical practice     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1744-3881     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-18     Completed Date:  2006-01-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101225531     Medline TA:  Complement Ther Clin Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  232-41     Citation Subset:  N    
Institute for Human Development, Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto, 222 College Street, Suite 106, Toronto Ont., Canada M5T 3J1.
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MeSH Terms
Aged / statistics & numerical data*
Aged, 80 and over
Chronic Disease
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Massage / utilization*
Middle Aged
Ontario / epidemiology
Socioeconomic Factors
Urban Population / statistics & numerical data

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