Postmodern attitudes about health: A population-based exploratory study

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Objective: This paper presents a preliminary exploration of the prevalence of postmodern attitudes about health. Design: In a region of southeastern Australia structured telephone interviews with a random sample of 209 participants. Results: Responses suggesting postmodern attitudes to health were prevalent: the majority of respondents appear to hold a holistic view of health, believe in individual responsibility for achieving health, reject medical authority, hold consumerist values, prefer natural products over chemical drugs, think most prescription drugs have side effects, do not believe all illnesses require medication from doctors and hold anti-technology sentiments. However, results reveal that most people have much faith in science. Conclusion: Attitudes prevalent among the public in south eastern Australia are congruent with the philosophy of most complementary therapists. This may be one reason for the growth of complementary medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-169
Number of pages6
JournalComplementary Therapies in Medicine
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Biological Products
Population
Interviews
Technology
Health
Growth
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Surveys and Questionnaires

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  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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Postmodern attitudes about health : A population-based exploratory study. / Siahpush, M.

In: Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Vol. 7, No. 3, 01.01.1999, p. 164-169.

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