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Complementary medicine use by the Australian population: a critical mixed studies systematic review of utilisation, perceptions and factors associated with use

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, June 2016
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Title
Complementary medicine use by the Australian population: a critical mixed studies systematic review of utilisation, perceptions and factors associated with use
Published in
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, June 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12906-016-1143-8
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Authors

Rebecca Reid, Amie Steel, Jon Wardle, Andrea Trubody, Jon Adams

Abstract

There is increasing evidence that complementary medicine (CM) services are being used by a substantial proportion of the Australian population and this topic has attracted keen interest from primary health care providers and policy makers. This article outlines the first summative critical review of the predictors of CM use in Australia as well as the characteristics and perceptions of Australian CM users over the last 14 years. A literature search was conducted to ascertain original research from 2000 to 2014 in the AMED; CINAHL; and PubMed databases. Selected articles were subject to a critical appraisal analysis to identify the quality of the article. The search was confined to peer reviewed original articles published in English which identified the nature of CM services use in Australia. The findings indicate a correlation between CM users and gender, with reports of a higher rate of use from females compared to males. Female CM users are more likely to be middle-aged with a higher education and higher annual income in comparison to female non-CM users. An association between resident location and use of CM disciplines was also identified with reports of rural residents utilising manual therapies more frequently compared to urban residents. CM users are more likely to seek CM services for a range of chronic conditions including diseases identified as National Health Priority Areas by the Australian Government. This article provides the first comprehensive review examining the nature of CM use in Australia. The review findings offer important insights into the characteristics and features of CM use in Australia and provide insights for national and regional primary health care initiatives and of interest to medical doctors, allied health professionals, CM practitioners, researchers and policy makers.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 <1%
Unknown 181 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 108 59%
Unspecified 17 9%
Student > Master 12 7%
Other 10 5%
Researcher 8 4%
Other 27 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 71 39%
Nursing and Health Professions 43 24%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 25 14%
Unspecified 21 12%
Social Sciences 7 4%
Other 15 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 18. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 June 2019.
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#910,491
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Outputs from BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
#196
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