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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: What People Aged 50 and Older Discuss With Their Health Care Providers

Findings Page 4

Who Raises the Topic: Patients or Practitioners?

If CAM is discussed at a medical appointment, it is most likely brought up by the patient: Respondents were twice as likely to say they raised the topic rather than their health care provider—as was also true in 2006 (Figure 7).

Differences in who raises the topic of CAM were seen based on respondents' education: People with a high school education or less were more likely than those who had attended or graduated from college to say that their health care provider initiated the discussion (35 vs. 21 percent).

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