246356 Socio-demographic catalysts for usage of practitioner based CAM

Monday, October 31, 2011: 5:30 PM

Josef Bohm, DC, MPH , Health Services Administration Program, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY
This presentation will identify and quantify factors related to clinical service uptake for practitioner-based complementary and alternative medical services (CAM). Data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducted by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics is analyzed to determine patient based socio-demographic facilitators for usage of Osteopathic, Chiropractic, and Acupuncture treatments. The research utilizes a logistic regression model to determine the likelihood of patients using practitioner based CAM and seeks to determine how factors differ based upon the health status of participants. The research indicates that socio-demographic facilitators are similar for utilization of all three practitioner-based CAM services but differ depending on whether patients seek care for the maintenance of their general health versus treatment of specific ailments.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
As an outcome, participants will identify and define socio-demographic determinants that encourage the usage of practitioner-based CAM. Additionally, as a basis for developing data for their own research, information will be presented on how to access and analyze information obtained from the large public domein data sets available from the National Center for Health Statistics (NHIS) with discussion on retrieval tools and types of statistical software supported by the center.

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Utilization

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: N/A

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted the reseach on which the findings are based and and provide graduate and undergraduate education on topics related to the administration of health services.
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.