218922 Alternative and Complementary Medicine (CAM) Use in the U.S.: New Data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Available in the Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Brian Lee, MPH, PhD , Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Miriam L. King, PhD , Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Andrew C. Ward, MPH, PhD , Kansas Health Institute, Topeka, KS
With funding from NIH, researchers at University of Minnesota created the Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS), which provides consistently-coded and thoroughly-documented data from the U.S. National Health Interview Series (NHIS) for free to researchers over the Internet. In 2010, IHIS is making available 4000 variables on use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), based on NHIS supplements covering one sample adult (1999, 2002, 2007) and one sample child (2007) per household. This paper describes how to use the IHIS website, documentation, and data extract system to access these rich, nationally-representative data covering the use of vitamins and herbs and 16 CAM techniques. These NHIS/IHIS data address such questions as whether the respondent combined CAM with conventional medicine, what conditions were treated, how respondents learned about CAM and why they decided to use it, and how much money was spent on CAM. Using other variables included in IHIS (such as education, family income, health status, insurance coverage, and access to health care), researchers can evaluate the socioeconomic and health predictors of CAM use. The presentation will include illustrative examples analyzing CAM data in IHIS (e.g., changes in the use of CAM by adults, and the association between CAM use, socioeconomic status, health status, and access to conventional medicine).

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the socioeconomic and health predictors of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) usage among a representative sample of adults and children in the United States

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, National Health Interview Survey

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am currently employed as a research assistant the IHIS project, which is the data source for the analysis. As a member of the team I have a firm understanding of the data, documentation and related materials, and important analytic issues.
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.