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Women's Use of Alternative Medicine: A Multiethnic Study

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: August 13, 2003
Last updated: February 26, 2007
Last verified: February 2007
The purpose of this study is to examine socio-cultural factors of women’s use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The effects of socioeconomic status, social networks and acculturation on CAM use will be assessed among white, African-, Mexican-, and Chinese-American women.

Uterine Fibroids
Urinary Tract Infection
High Blood Pressure
Heart Disease

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Allocation: Random Sample
Observational Model: Natural History
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Time Perspective: Retrospective

Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 3200
Study Start Date: April 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2001

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion criteria:

Experienced one or more of the following health conditions within the last year:

  • pregnancy related symptoms
  • menopausal related symptoms
  • headaches
  • back pain
  • osteoporosis
  • cancer
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • heart disease
  • joint pain/arthritis
  • insomnia
  • uterine fibroids
  • urinary tract infection
  • vaginal tract infection
  • medically diagnosed depression
  • menstrual symptoms
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00067249

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Fredi Kronenberg, PhD Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Columbia University
  More Information Identifier: NCT00067249     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: F31AT001401-01 
Study First Received: August 13, 2003
Last Updated: February 26, 2007
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Women's health
Social determinants of Health

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Diseases
Urinary Tract Infections
Cardiovascular Diseases
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Urologic Diseases
Neoplasms, Muscle Tissue
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Connective Tissue
Connective Tissue Diseases
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