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Decision to seek complementary medicine for pain : a controlled study.

Kelvinson, Robert and Payne, Sheila (1993) Decision to seek complementary medicine for pain : a controlled study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1 (1). pp. 2-5. ISSN 0965-2299

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Abstract

This study investigated what factors influence the decision to seek either complementary or conventional medical treatment for pain. It was hypothesized that patients who seek complementary therapy for pain relief would perceive it as less harmful (in terms of side effects), more effective and would score higher on internal locus of control than conventionally treated patients. 30 patients attending a complementary treatment centre presenting with pain and 30 patients attending NHS pain clinics were recruited. Results indicate that people receiving complementary medicine had higher internal health locus of control (HLOC) and less favourable attitudes to medical doctors than those patients treated at the NHS clinic. The results are discussed in relation to the concept of perceived control.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32398
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2010 16:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32398

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