Complementary medicine practices in a community-based sample of lesbian and heterosexual women

Alicia K. Matthews*, Tonda L. Hughes, Gail Pinales Osterman, Molly M. Kodl

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While researchers have examined the established the foundation for understanding the correlates of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among some medical populations, less is known about the correlates of CAM use in nonclinical samples of women, and particularly according to sexual orientation. Information on CAM modalities was collected as part of a survey of lesbian and heterosexual women's health. Eighty-two percent of the sample reported CAM use. Predictors of CAM use included a lesbian sexual orientation, less health-related worry, and perceived discrimination in health care settings. Additional research is warranted to better understand how sexual orientation relates to use of CAM. Future studies should also examine the relationships between and experiences with discrimination in traditional medical settings and increased use of complementary and alternative medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-447
Number of pages18
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions


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