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Use of complementary and alternative medicine by Chinese American women: herbs and health care resources

TitleUse of complementary and alternative medicine by Chinese American women: herbs and health care resources
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsTsai, P
DegreePh.D.
Number of Pages113 p
UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, Health Sciences Center
ISBN Number978-0-549-39165-4
KeywordsAlternative Therapies -- Methods, Chinese, Female, Health Resource Allocation -- Methods, Human, Medicine, Herbal, Surveys
AbstractThe use of complementary and alternative medicine has increased in the U.S. and may significantly influence on the healthcare providers. The U.S. Chinese population has been rapidly growing in the past 20 years. It has increased 48% since 1990, and more than half of them are foreign-born. Limited studies have been conducted on the herbal use of women, particularly Chinese American women in comparison with other U.S. populations. Such a comparison was addressed in this study by a secondary data analysis using the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to explore the prevalence of herbal use, understand the associations between herbal use and demographic characteristics, and examine herbal uses and Western health care resources use. U.S. women (n = 17,011), 18 years or older in 2002 and self-identified as white, black, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Chinese American, Filipino and Asian Indian in the NHIS dataset was used for analysis in this study.
There were significant herbal use difference found among races/ethnicities (chi2 = 81.727, p It is recommended that Western-trained health providers have an open discussion of herbal use with their clients to optimize health care outcomes. Their clients may lack knowledge of adverse effects of improper herbal use and herbal interactions with drags. As the 2002 NHIS tool represented the general U.S. population, further questionnaire development based on Chinese cultural perspectives is needed to obtain more detailed cultural specific information and reasons for herbal use by Chinese Americans.
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