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Discriminators of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Provider Use Among Men with HIV/AIDS

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Objective : To examine comprehensively the potential correlates of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioner use among men with HIV/AIDS.

Methods : Men (n=122) recruited from HIV/AIDS service organizations completed extensive written surveys. Questions comprised several domains that have been thought or demonstrated to influence individuals to use CAM, and also addressed respondents' social networks.

Results : Discriminant analyses revealed 2 social network variables and 2 attitudinal variables proved statistically significant when controlling for relationships among variables.

Conclusion : The significant contribution of social influence/social networks in choosing CAM modalities demonstrated has not heretofore been examined in CAM user studies; implications for future research are discussed.

Keywords: CAM use; HIV/AIDS treatment; alternative medicine; social influence; social networks

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 1, 2007

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