Published Papers - Abstract 542

Poulsen E, Sibbritt D, McLaughlin D, Adams J & Pachana N. Predictors of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use in two cohorts of Australian women International Psychogeriatrics, 2013; 25(1): 168-170

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use has been researched widely; however, studies with older adults and Australian populations are limited. The profile of Australian women CAM users has been mapped using the 1996 data from the ALSWH (Adams et al., 2003). Mid-age adults were frequent CAM users (28%) followed by young adults (19%) and older adults (15%). No consistent characteristics of CAM users across age groups were identified. Generally, CAM users lived in non-urban settings, and reported poorer physical and mental health. Predictors of CAM use for Australian women have not yet been explored.