To improve understanding of factors that may influence disclosure of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in the U.S.
Data are from the 2001 Health Care Quality Survey (HCQS), a nationally representative study of adults aged 18 and older living in the continental United States. Using the Behavioral Model of Health Services Use, we conducted multivariate logistic regressions to identify factors associated with disclosing CAM use among the sub-sample of recent CAM users (n=1995).
Disclosure of CAM use.
Most CAM users (71.0%) disclosed their use of CAM to their doctors. Contextual, individual, and health behavior factors were associated with CAM use disclosure. Of particular interest, disclosure was significantly more likely among those who perceived high quality relationships with their providers (AOR=1.59, CI: 1.01, 2.49) and among those who had a regular source of medical care (AOR=1.54, CI: 1.03, 2.29). The odds of disclosure were also higher among those who used practitioner-provided CAM, with (AOR=2.02, CI: 1.34, 3.06) or without (AOR=1.52, CI: 1.05, 2.20) concurrent herbal medicine use, compared to those who used herbal medicines only.
The Behavioral Model of Health Services Use is a useful framework for examining factors that may influence disclosure of CAM use. Further research should examine these relationships using more comprehensive measures.
"However, no studies to date have investigated if and how the quality of CAM care may be associated with CAM disclosure. This gap is rather striking especially given that CAM disclosure tends to be higher for provider-based CAM than for self-care CAM  , and that CAM care quality and satisfaction are important determinants of ongoing provider-based CAM use   . "
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Research on disclosure of CAM use to physicians has focused more on barriers to disclosure than factors that promote disclosure. The purpose of this study was to test a new conceptual model of CAM disclosure which posits that disclosure of CAM use is motivated by both practical (positive CAM outcomes) and symbolic (sense of control, quality of the CAM provider relationship) factors that arise from the CAM treatment experience.
Two general medical samples provider-based CAM consumers, undergraduates (N = 226) and community-dwelling adults (N = 128), completed a survey about their CAM use and disclosure, health-related control, CAM patient-centered care, and CAM outcomes.
Disclosure rates were 65% among students and 69% among the community adults. Univariate analyses revealed that disclosure of CAM use was associated with the symbolic factor provider patient-centered care in both samples, and perceived control over health in the student sample. In both samples positive CAM outcomes were associated with CAM disclosure. The multivariate logistic regression revealed that students who disclosed CAM use were more likely to report higher perceived control over health (OR = 1.5), patient-centered care (OR = 1.7), and positive behavioural CAM outcomes (OR = 1.4). However, the multivariate results for the community sample were non-significant.
The findings suggest that the benefits consumers experience from CAM treatments (practical factors) as well as the meaning of disclosing CAM use (symbolic factors) are associated with CAM disclosure, and underscore the importance of the patient-CAM provider relationship for promoting client initiated coordination of care.
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