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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Diabetes Self-Management Among Rural Older Adults

TitleComplementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Diabetes Self-Management Among Rural Older Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBell, RA, Stafford, JM, Arcury, TA, Snively, BM, Smith, SL, Grzywacz, JG, Quandt, SA
JournalComplementary Health Practice ReviewComplementary Health Practice Review
Volume11
Pagination95-106
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number1533-2101
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2006-20649-004
Keywords*Alternative Medicine, *Diabetes, *Health Care Utilization, *Self Management, complementary and alternative medicine use, diabetes self management, rural older adults, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Rural Environments, Specialized Interventions [3350], us
AbstractComplementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a growing form of self-care and is related to other healthy behaviors. This study examines the relationship between CAM use and diabetes self-management. A survey of rural older African American, Native American, and White adults with diabetes was conducted. Data were collected on diabetes self-management domains and general and diabetes-specific CAM use. Some associations were observed, particularly for CAM use and following a healthy eating plan. CAM is part of the health maintenance strategy of rural older adults with diabetes. Further research should examine the health trajectory associated with CAM use in this population. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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