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Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Among Older Mexican Americans

This study has been terminated.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: June 7, 2004
Last updated: August 17, 2006
Last verified: August 2006
The purpose of this study is to examine complementary and alternative medicine use among older Mexican Americans and to determine how this use influences physical, functional, and mental health.

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Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Defined Population
Observational Model: Natural History
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Complementary Alternative Medicine

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

Estimated Enrollment: 3000
Study Start Date: August 1993
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2000
Detailed Description:
Alternative medicine has received increasing attention from both the scientific and public communities. While the majority of current alternative medicine use is the result of interest in replacing or augmenting formal medical treatments, several cultures have long-standing traditions of herbal medicine use, particularly among older, more traditional members. Research in this area has been limited primarily to small-scale studies that identify herbal remedies popular in specific cultures. This study observes older Mexican Americans because a substantial proportion of this population continue to utilize traditional herbal remedies in their everyday life.

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Mexican American

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to complete survey questionnaire
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00084110

United States, Texas
Jose A. Loera
Galveston, Texas, United States, 77555-0460
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00084110     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K08AT000722-03 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: June 7, 2004
Last Updated: August 17, 2006

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Mexican Americans
Complementary Therapies

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Urinary Incontinence
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Urination Disorders
Urologic Diseases
Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Urological Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Behavioral Symptoms
Elimination Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on August 18, 2017