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Disparities in complementary alternative medicine use and asthma exacerbation in the United States

Journal of Asthma May 22, 2019

Kim EJ, et al. - Via conducting a cross-sectional analysis of the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, researchers assessed links between complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) use and asthma exacerbation. They focused on the impact of race/ethnicity on CAM use, as well as on its link with asthma exacerbation and emergency department (ED) visit for asthma exacerbation among 2,736 adults aged with current asthma. They found decreased odds of using CAM among black and Hispanic vs white individuals. No link was evident between CAM use and asthma exacerbation. Among all survey respondents, and white and Hispanic individuals, increased odds of asthma exacerbation were reported in relation to the subgroup of “other complementary approaches.” Decreased odds of an ED visit for asthma exacerbation were observed in relation to CAM use. Variations were evident in these links across racial/ethnic groups, with reduced odds of ED visit among white individuals—but no link among blacks and Hispanic individuals.

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