Murthy, V, Sibbritt, D, Broom, A, Kirby, E, Frawley, J, Refshauge, KM & Adams, J 2015, 'Back pain sufferers' attitudes toward consultations with CAM practitioners and self- prescribed CAM products: A study of a nationally representative sample of 1310 Australian women aged 60-65 years', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 782-788.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Murthy, V, Sibbritt, DW & Adams, J 2015, 'An integrative review of complementary and alternative medicine use for back pain: a focus on prevalence, reasons for use, influential factors, self-perceived effectiveness, and communication', The Spine Journal, vol. 15, no. 8, pp. 1870-1883.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Murthy, V, Sibbritt, D, Adams, J, Broom, A, Kirby, E & Refshauge, KM 2014, 'Consultations with complementary and alternative medicine practitioners amongst wider care options for back pain: a study of a nationally representative sample of 1,310 Australian women aged 60-65 years', Clinical Rheumatology, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 253-262.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Back pain is a significant health service issue in Australia and internationally. Back pain sufferers can draw upon a range of health care providers including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners. Women are higher users of health services than men and tend to use CAM frequently for musculoskeletal conditions. However, there remain important gaps in our understanding of womens consultation patterns with CAM practitioners for back pain. The objective of this study is to examine the prevalence of use and characteristics of women who use CAM practitioners for back pain. The method used was a survey of a nationally representative sample of women aged 6065 years from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Womens Health. Women consulted a massage therapist (44.1 %, n?=?578) and a chiropractor (37.3 %, n?=?488) more than other CAM practitioners for their back pain. Consultations with a chiropractor for back pain were lower for women who consulted a General Practitioner (GP) (OR, 0.56; 95 % CI 0.41, 0.76) or a physiotherapist (OR, 0.53; 95 % CI 0.39, 0.72) than for those who did not consult a GP or a physiotherapist. CAM practitioner consultations for back pain were greater for women who visited a pharmacist (OR, 1.99; 95 % CI 1.23, 3.32) than for women who did not visit a pharmacist. There is substantial use of CAM practitioners alongside conventional practitioners amongst women for back pain, and there is a need to provide detailed examination of the communication between patients and their providers as well as across the diverse range of health professionals involved in back pain care.
Murthy, V, Sibbritt, D, Adams, J, Broom, A, Kirby, E & Refshauge, KM 2014, 'Self-prescribed complementary and alternative medicine use for back pain amongst a range of care options: Results from a nationally representative sample of 1310 women aged 60-65 years', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 133-140.View/Download from: Publisher's site