Researchers found that nearly 90% of the physicians located in Northern California and affiliated with Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente had either recommended alternative-care therapies or used them on adult patients in the 12 months before its substantial 1996 survey. The therapies were used primarily for pain management.
The survey also revealed that nearly half the region's more than 2.8 million enrollees had tried some form of alternative therapy, which was more popular among young and middle-aged adults. The most frequently used alternative therapies were chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy and relaxation techniques.
Results of the study, which surveyed 781 Permanente Group doctors and more than 19,000 Kaiser members, were published this month in the Western Journal of Medicine.