Saturday, March 17, 2012

Research: Use of CAM therapy among Soldiers, Retirees, and Active duty Spouses

A 2004 article in Military Medicine by McPherson and Schwenka describes survey results from nearly 300 regular users of military treatment facilities (MTF).  Active duty soldiers, retirees, and family members are all TriCare beneficiaries.  TriCare, the insurance provider for these individuals, does not cover CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapy.  The objective of the study was to determine the level of interest in use of CAM in this population.  The researchers found:
  1.  81% were already using CAM therapy
  2. 69% wanted CAM therapy offered at their MTF
  3. 24% would pay for the CAM services at the MTF out-of-pocket
  4. 44% were undecided if they would pay out-of-pocket for the service
Click here for the link to the full article.


McPherson, Fujio; Schwenka, Mary Ann. "Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies among Active Duty Soldiers, Military Retirees, and Family Members at a Military Hospital." Military Medicine. AMSUS - The Society of the Federal Health Agencies. 2004. Retrieved March 13, 2012 from HighBeam Research:

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