Original Paper

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 302-309

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How Does Acculturation Affect the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Providers Among Mexican- and Asian- Americans?

  • Jennifer H. LeeAffiliated withDepartment of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of CaliforniaUCLA Center for Health Policy Research, University of California Email author 
  • , Michael S. GoldsteinAffiliated withDepartment of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of California
  • , E. Richard BrownAffiliated withUCLA Center for Health Policy Research, University of California
  • , Rachel Ballard-BarbashAffiliated withDivision of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

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Abstract

Researchers have found that immigrants in the United States gradually relinquish cultural practices and adopt health behaviors similar to native born individuals as they acculturate. Few studies have looked at acculturation and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use, particularly ethnic forms of CAM. This study uses data from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey—Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CHIS-CAM) supplement to estimate the prevalence of CAM provider use among Mexican- and Asian- Americans and examine the relationship of acculturation on use. Multinomial logistic regression models were used to predict the probability of provider use based on socio-demographic variables, health status and acculturation. Mexican- and Asian- Americans who have spent more time in the US were more likely to use chiropractors or massage therapists compared to no CAM provider. Both groups were less likely to use ethnic-specific CAM providers with more time in the US compared to chiropractors or massage therapists.

Keywords

Acculturation Complementary and alternative medicine providers Mexican American Asian American