Table 2

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modalities reported in a survey of three successive medical student classes, by survey administration.

CAM Modality Used (%)*

Survey Class


MS 1 at entry to medical school (n = 87)

MS 2 at midpoint of 2nd year of medical school (n = 88)

MS 2 at end of 2nd year of medical school (n = 97)

All medical students (n = 272)


Meditation

46.0

43.2

33.0

40.4

Massage

43.7

46.6

39.2

43.0

Spirituality

42.5

35.2

18.9

35.3

Herbals

36.8

37.5

27.8

33.8

Chiropractic

26.4

17.0

15.5

19.5

Traditional Oriental

12.6

11.4

15.5

13.2

T'ai Chi

10.3

6.8

10.3

9.2

Homeopathy

9.2

11.4

10.3

10.3

Biofeedback

9.2

11.4

4.1

8.1

Hypnosis

8.0

8.0

4.1

6.6

Ayurveda

6.9

4.5

6.2

5.9

Osteopathy

6.9

6.8

4.1

5.9

Therapeutic Touch

5.7

4.5

4.1

4.8

Curanderismo

2.3

1.1

2.1

1.8

Vitamins

64.4

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*Due to missing data, n may be smaller than 272 for some variables. Item asked only in the MS 1 survey.

Lie and Boker BMC Medical Education 2004 4:2   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-4-2

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