CAM therapies refer to a number of approaches not part of mainstream conventional medicine, used either in complement with or in lieu of standard medical treatments (15).
Studies to date suggest that people with chronic conditions are more likely to use CAM, and people with additional conditions have an increased likelihood of overall CAM use (5,7,8,9,11,16–18).
However, one study among patients with chronic liver disease showed an inverse association between additional comorbidities and current CAM use (19).
The aim of this study was to determine the association between use of CAM therapies and multiple chronic conditions in a large nationally representative population of US adults.
Demographic and psychosocial characteristics were examined for confounding effects.