Exploring the relationship between women's health and the use of complementary and alternative medicine

Complement Ther Med. 2003 Sep;11(3):156-8. doi: 10.1016/s0965-2299(03)00062-1.


In this paper we identify the need for further research exploring the relationship between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and women's health. We offer our personal thoughts on the direction such future research might take outlining a number of research domains (type of CAM consumption, longitudinal analysis of women's use of CAM, cross-cultural analysis of women's CAM consumption, reasons for women's CAM consumption). We hope that this brief paper helps inspire greater research attention upon what we believe to be a well deserving sub-field of study within the social science of CAM.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Complementary Therapies / statistics & numerical data*
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Health Services Research*
  • Humans
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Women's Health*