Utilization of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine Across Ethnically Diverse Asian Americans

Eun Hye Grace Yi, Yuri Jang, Jiaming Liang

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We conducted an analysis to identify factors influencing the use of traditional complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM), with a particular emphasis on ethnic variations. Using the 2015 Asian American Quality of Life survey (N = 2,609), logistic regression analyses were performed, considering acculturation, health status, healthcare accessibility/utilization, and socio-demographic factors. Ethnicity, specifically being Chinese or Korean Americans, having chronic medical conditions, experiencing unmet healthcare needs, and having regular check-ups were significant predictors of TCAM use among Asian Americans as a whole. However, when we delved into sub-ethnic groups, different patterns were found. Among Vietnamese and Filipino Americans, having unmet healthcare needs emerged as the most prominent predictor of TCAM use. Furthermore, acculturation level and English proficiency were significant in predicting Vietnamese and Filipino Americans’ TCAM use, with the direction varying by sub-ethnicity. Being old emerged as a predictor of TCAM use for Chinese, Indian, Korean, and ‘other’ Americans. Our findings underscore the importance of adopting an ethnically sensitive approach when addressing the healthcare needs of diverse Asian American populations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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  • Acculturation
  • Alternative medicine
  • Asian Americans
  • Ethnicity
  • Health need
  • Traditional contemporary and alternative medicine (TCAM)


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