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BACKGROUND Past national surveys indicate that use of herbs and dietary supplements rose rapidly in the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s. Additional research is needed to determine whether this growth rate and associated patterns of use have persisted over time. OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were: (1) to assess population and(More)
OBJECTIVES This study estimated national prevalence rates of medication noncompliance due to cost and resulting health problems among adults with disabilities. METHODS Analyses involved 25,805 respondents to the Disability Follow-Back Survey, a supplement to the 1994 and 1995 National Health Interview Surveys. RESULTS Findings showed that about 1.3(More)
" 'Everything is' is one extreme. 'Nothing is' is the other. Between these two I teach the truth of interdependent origination."-The Buddha Young natural resources or environmental managers are usually attracted to their professions to be outdoors, away from the maddening crowd and its socio political problems, working with physical and biological resources(More)
PURPOSE Some researchers have suggested that the popularity of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the United States is due, in part, to the growing cost of conventional medical care. The 2011 National Health Interview Survey is the first population survey that directly asks respondents if they have substituted alternative therapies for(More)
BACKGROUND Research on the scope of use and factors associated with herbal medicine use is limited. OBJECTIVES The aims of this work were to assess national usage patterns, reasons for use, and the perceived efficacy of herbal products and dietary supplements. METHODS This was a secondary analysis of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)(More)
In emergency medicine, there is an ongoing debate regarding patients who use the emergency department (ED) as their usual source of medical care-an arguably costly and inefficient pattern of utilization. However, there are few accurate national data on the prevalence of such usage. This analysis uses the 1998 National Health Interview Survey to estimate the(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the proven efficacy of prescription regimens in reducing disease symptoms and preventing or minimizing complications, poor medication adherence remains a significant public health problem. Medicare beneficiaries have high rates of chronic illness and prescription medication use, making this population particularly vulnerable to(More)
BACKGROUND Prescription drug costs have risen rapidly since the mid-1990s. Inability to pay for medications has consequences for population health and health system costs. However, national data on the scope of prescription noncompliance due to cost are surprisingly inconsistent. OBJECTIVE The goals of this study were to use data from a large, all-ages(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE We monitor progress toward Healthy People 2010 objectives of reducing health disparities and decreasing delay and difficulty in access to emergency care. METHODS This was a secondary analysis of 2001 National Health Interview Survey interviews of 33,326 adults to provide population-based estimates of self-reported delay, difficulty, or(More)