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Intentions and willingness to use complementary and alternative medicines : what potential patients believe about CAMs

O'Connor, Erin L. & White, Katherine M. (2009) Intentions and willingness to use complementary and alternative medicines : what potential patients believe about CAMs. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 15, pp. 136-140.

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Abstract

This paper explores the intentions and willingness of a sample of Australian consumers (N = 356) to use Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Participants considered using CAMs at least once in the next two months and rated the likelihood of certain consequences of CAM use, whether important others would approve, and if barriers would prevent them from using CAMs. People intending to use CAMs (high intenders) were more likely than those low on intention (low intenders) to endorse positive outcomes of CAM use and believe that important others would support their CAM use. High intenders were less likely than low intenders to believe that barriers would prevent use. Low intenders (n = 200) were also asked to consider their response to a free CAM trial. Those willing to accept a trial were more likely than those unwilling to believe that CAMs could improve health and less likely to believe that laziness would prevent use. These results identify important beliefs which may influence people’s decisions to use CAMs.

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ID Code: 28108
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: alternative therapies, CAMs, beliefs, Theory of Planned Behavior, patient beliefs
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.03.003
ISSN: 1744-3881
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2009 09:45
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:56

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