Journal article

Room for improvement: complementary therapy users and the Australian health system

Vivian Lin, Rachel Canaway, Bronwyn Carter, Lenore Manderson



CONTEXT: People with chronic conditions who are often in contact with the health-care system are well placed to reflect on how services meet their needs. Some research characterizes people who use complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) as a distinct group who opt out of the mainstream health system. However, many CAM users are people with chronic or terminal health conditions who concurrently use mainstream health-care services. The difference in perspectives between people with chronic conditions who do or do not use CAM has received little attention by researchers. OBJECTIVE: To explore the views of CAM users with chronic conditions and identify their perspectives on the health sys..

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