Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Residential Aged Care Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES: There is increasing evidence of the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by older people living in the community; however, little is known about the use of CAM in residential aged-care facilities (RACF). This review examined the literature on the use of CAM in RACF, focusing on prevalence, motivations, and support for use. METHODS: A search of multiple databases between 2000 and 2010 was conducted. Articles were analyzed under five key themes: prevalence of CAM use, CAM user profile, motivations for use, expectations for and satisfaction with CAM use, and institutional and/or staff support for CAM use. RESULTS: Only five articles were found that met the inclusion criteria. The review highlights the absence of evidence regarding the use of CAM by older people in RACF. CONCLUSIONS: To inform policy and improve clinical practice in line with the aging of the population, nationally representative, population-based studies are required.

publication date

  • November 2012