Contemporary and Alternative Medicine Use in the Navy Research Paper by serendipity

An in-depth study of self-efficacy and the use of alternative medicine practices by active duty military stationed on board a U.S. Naval warship.
# 48910 | 12,975 words | 81 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 20, 2004 in Anthropology (General) , Medical and Health (General)

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The purpose of this investigation is to test the explanatory power of the role of self-efficacy and the Health Belief Model as it contributes to CAM (contemporary and alternative medicine) use by active duty military members. The investigation is also framed within the perspective of a consumer decision making study and consumer behavior study with regards to the use of CAM within this sample of the U.S. population. During the course of this investigation, the prevalence of CAM use among U.S. Naval personnel stationed aboard an Atlantic fleet ship and the reasons behind their decision to use CAM, is also cataloged. The research tests variables important to understanding CAM use within the context of the Health Belief Model. Data is collected via researcher-administered surveys, based on "Receptivity", a survey developed and modified from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chapter 1 Introduction
Introduction to CAM
Alternative Medical Systems
Mind-Body Interventions
Biologically Based Therapies
Manipulative and Body-Based Methods
Energy Therapies
Introduction to the Problem
Background of the study
Statement of the Problem
Research Hypothesis
Definition of Terms
Assumptions and Limitations
Chapter 2 Literature Review
History of HBM Research
History of CAM Research
Growing acceptance within the medical community
Demographic Profile of CAM Users
Reasons for Using Alternative Medicine
HBM Overview
Chapter 3 Methodology
Pilot Study
Research Design
Study Population
Design Sample

From the Paper:

"Alternative medicine has become the largest growth industry in health care in the US (Schneiderman, 2000). A frequently cited 1998 national survey on CAM (contemporary and alternative medicine) use in the United States determined that 4 out of every 10 Americans has used, or regularly uses, at least one alternative medical therapy, resulting in a combined total of $27 billion spent by American CAM users in 1997 (Eisenberg et al., 1998). By the year 2000, research indicated that nearly half of Americans were using unconventional treatments (Schneiderman, 2000). The Eisenberg et al. study also reported that from 1990-1997, herbal remedy use in the United States had increased by 380% and high dose vitamin use increased by 130% (Eisenberg et al., 1998). Studies have similarly indicated that the majorities of these expenses are being burdened by the user and, for the most part are a cash and carry enterprise. For this reason alone, many healthcare plans have chosen to offer at least partial coverage of CAM services to its enrollees."

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