Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Health care practices that are not part of the traditional Western health care system—from acupuncture, yoga, and Tai Chi to vitamin supplements and medical marijuana—are typically labeled complementary or alternative medicines by the mainstream. RAND conducts evidence-based research on alternative approaches to illness prevention and treatment as well as studies aimed at understanding the place of complementary and alternative medicines within the health care system.

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    Journal Article

    A Community-Based Study of the Use of Chiropractic Services

    The authors analyzed data from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment (HIE), a community-based study of the use of health services.

    Jan 1, 1991

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    Journal Article

    Chiropractic Philosophy Has No Future

    The following paper argues that chiropractic philosophy is a misnomer and that what chiropractors have described as chiropractic philosophy is neither unique to chiropractic, nor, for the most part, is it philosophy.

    Jan 1, 1991

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    Journal Article

    An Institutional Philosophy of Chiropractic

    The following article examines the difficulty of establishing a philosophy of chiropractic for a college that has enough consistency, coherence and integration throughout the curriculum to constitute a body of knowledge.

    Jan 1, 1991

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    Journal Article

    Sociological Studies of the Role of the Chiropractor: An Exercise in Ideological Hegemony?

    This article presents a critique of the concept of marginal role as applied to chiropractors by examining the area of structural role theory from which the concept has been drawn.

    Jan 1, 1991

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    Journal Article

    Sociology and Philosophy of Chiropractic

    The following article uses the work of the author over the past ten years to examine the way in which philosophy and philosophical concepts enter into the sociological analysis of chiropractic.

    Jan 1, 1991

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    Ian D. Coulter

    Senior Health Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science; M.A. in sociology, University of Canterbury; B.A. in sociology, University of Canterbury; Diploma in educational mangement, Harvard; Certificate in heath policy, RAND/UCLA

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    Patricia M. Herman

    Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in psychology and research methods, University of Arizona; N.D. in naturopathic medicine, Bastyr University; M.S. in agricultural economics, Iowa State University

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    Nipher Malika

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education PhD in social policy & social research, Loma Linda University; MPH in research epidemiology, Loma Linda University; BS in biology, Northwest Nazarene University

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    Gery W. Ryan

    Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Adjunct Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology, University of Florida

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    Paul G. Shekelle

    Physican Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D., UCLA School of Public Health; M.D., Duke University; M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in chemistry and biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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    Margaret D. Whitley

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.P.H. in community health sciences, UCLA; B.A. in social welfare, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. in public health, University of California, Irvine