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The relationship between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and quality of life among individuals with chronic pain: results from a nationally representative sample

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dc.contributor.supervisor Chase, Robert (Community Health Sciences) en_US
dc.contributor.author Friesen, Elizabeth Louise
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-09T22:41:23Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-09T22:41:23Z
dc.date.issued 2014-04-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/23423
dc.description.abstract Background: Chronic pain is a major public health concern in Canada, with an estimated annual cost of $6 billion in direct health care expenses. At the same time, Canadians are participating in an increased use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Purpose: The purpose of this quantitative research study was to examine the relationship between the use of CAM and HRQOL for individuals living with chronic pain. Method: This study was a secondary data analysis of the nationally representative Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) Cycle 3.1 Subsample 1 collected by Statistics Canada in 2005 (n=32,133). Results: The prevalence of CAM use for the Canadian population was 20.9% whereas for the chronic pain subset, it was 30.8%. CAM users had 1.48 times increased odds of reporting a high HRQOL than non-CAM users (CI=1.16-1.88). Conclusion: These results demonstrate that a modest but significant positive association exists between CAM use and a high HRQOL. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject chronic pain en_US
dc.subject alternative therapies en_US
dc.subject quality of life en_US
dc.subject CAM en_US
dc.title The relationship between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and quality of life among individuals with chronic pain: results from a nationally representative sample en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Community Health Sciences en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Afifi, Tracie (Community Health Sciences) Roy, Ranjan (Social Work) Shooshtari, Shahin (Community Health Sciences) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note May 2014 en_US


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