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Ethnic differences in elders' home remedy use: sociostructural explanations

TitleEthnic differences in elders' home remedy use: sociostructural explanations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsGrzywacz, JG, Arcury, TA, Bell, RA, Lang, W, Suerken, CK, Smith, SL, Quandt, SA
JournalAm J Health BehavAm J Health Behav
Volume30
Pagination39-50
Date PublishedJan-Feb
ISBN Number1087-3244 (Print)<br/>1087-3244 (Linking)
Accession Number16430319
KeywordsAfrican Americans/ psychology, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Diabetes Mellitus/ ethnology/ therapy, Dietary Supplements/economics/ utilization, European Continental Ancestry Group/ psychology, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Indians, North American/ psychology, Male, Multivariate Analysis, North Carolina, Patient Acceptance of Health Care/ ethnology, Phytotherapy/economics/ utilization, Plant Preparations/economics/ therapeutic use, Plants, Medicinal, Rural Population, Self Medication/classification/ utilization, Social Support
AbstractOBJECTIVE: To determine if ethnic differences in elders' use of home remedies are explained by structured inequalities. METHOD: Dichotomous indicators of "food" and "other" home remedies were obtained from a randomly selected cohort of older adults with diabetes (N=701). Analyses evaluated if differences in availability of care, economic hardship, and health status explained ethnic differences in home remedy use. RESULTS: Differences in residential location, discretionary money, and health partially explained greater home remedy use among Black and Native American elders relative to whites. CONCLUSIONS: Ethnic differences in elders' use of home remedies are not largely attributed to socially structured inequalities.
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