214631 Predictors of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Puerto Rico

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Roberto Torres-Zeno, PhD , Puerto Rico Health Services Research Institute, University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
Leida Matías, PhD , Carlos Albízu University, San Juan
Ruth Ríos , School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, PR
Jorge miranda-Massari, PhD , Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy, San Juan, PR
Yelitza Sánchez , School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, PR
In 2007, 83 million adults in the U.S. spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), which represents 11.2% of total out-of-pocket expenditures on health care. This is comparable to out-of-pocket costs for conventional physician services and prescription drug use. Patient safety and access issues, financial and cost considerations and the role of CAM practices in health promotion and prevention are primary concerns for patients, providers, insurers, policy makers and health care managers in Puerto Rico as well as in other countries. However, studies on CAM use in the island are non-existent. This paper presents findings from a CAM household study (N=203) designed to examine CAM use patterns in Bayamón, Puerto Rico using a modified version of the U.S. National Health Interview Survey. The purpose of the paper is to identify predictors of CAM use in Puerto Rico based on the sample studied. Results suggest that having CAM health insurance benefit (p=.01), higher family income (p=.03), higher educational background (p=.02), and following a diet plan (p=.01) are predictors of CAM use. Health policy implications are examined. The study is funded by AHRQ.

Learning Areas:
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Define what variables are predictors of CAM utilization in Puerto Rico. 2. Explain the relationship between conventional health care use,demographic variables and lifestyle variables regarding CAM utilization. 3.

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Latino Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Ph.D. Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Public Healt. I am a qualified researcher graduated from the University of Michigan with 20 years of experience in the academic world.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.