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J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Nov;18(11):989-93. doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0582. Epub 2012 Aug 21.

Use of complementary and alternative medicine in residential aged care.

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Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia. m.bauer@latrobe.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

There is increasing evidence of the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by older people living in the community; however, little is known about the use of CAM in residential aged-care facilities (RACF). This review examined the literature on the use of CAM in RACF, focusing on prevalence, motivations, and support for use.

METHODS:

A search of multiple databases between 2000 and 2010 was conducted. Articles were analyzed under five key themes: prevalence of CAM use, CAM user profile, motivations for use, expectations for and satisfaction with CAM use, and institutional and/or staff support for CAM use.

RESULTS:

Only five articles were found that met the inclusion criteria. The review highlights the absence of evidence regarding the use of CAM by older people in RACF.

CONCLUSIONS:

To inform policy and improve clinical practice in line with the aging of the population, nationally representative, population-based studies are required.

PMID:
22909299
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2011.0582
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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