Complementary, alternative treatments popular among health pros

08/21/2011 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Forty-one percent of health care workers personally used methods associated with complementary or alternative medicine, including yoga and acupuncture, compared with 30% of the general population, according to a study in the Health Services Research journal. Counting the use of diets-based therapies, herbal supplements and vitamins, the figures were 76% for health care professionals and 63% for the general population. The use of complementary and alternative medicine was higher among staff in ambulatory care settings than among hospital workers, and higher among nurses, doctors and technicians than among nursing aides and transciptionists, researchers said.

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