A recent study examined CAM use among 264 veterans using a self-administered, mail-in survey; the survey included questions on demographics, health beliefs, medical problems and six common CAM treatments (chiropractic care, herbs, dietary supplements, massage therapy, acupuncture and homeopathy).

Seventy-two patients (27.3%) reported CAM use within the past 12 months. One-fourth of patients (26%) used chiropractic care to alleviate their pain. Back pain was the most frequently reported medical problem (62.5%). While most veterans (76.9%) had used prescription pills to treat their medical problems, 67% of CAM non-users reported that they would use chiropractic and other CAM services if offered by the Veterans’ Administration.

Conclusion: Increased health insurance coverage of well-studied CAM treatments may lead to an increased use of these therapies among veterans. A national assessment of veteran interest in CAM may assist VA leaders in responding to patients' needs.

McEachrane-Gross FP, Liebschutz JM, Berlowitz D. Use of selected complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in veterans with cancer or chronic pain: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, October 2006;6;6:34.

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