Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly defined as treatment not generally considered part of conventional medicine and often includes massage, chiropractic care, herbal remedies, and acupuncture. While the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has moved toward making some CAM available as treatment options for pain, little is known regarding how many veterans with chronic pain have used and are willing to try CAM. This study addresses this gap and compares characteristics of veterans who have tried CAM with veterans who have not previously tried CAM. Implications for the VA and for clinicians treating veterans with chronic pain are discussed.
Volume 48 Number 9, 2011
Pages 1119 — 1128
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