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Alternative Medicine Popular Among Health-Care Professionals 

Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly 75 percent of U.S. health-care workers use some kind of alternative medicine to maintain good health, a new study finds.

HealthDay reports that the study, published in the August issue of Health Services Research, found that those in healthcare—doctors, nurses and their assistants, health technicians, and healthcare administrators—were more likely to use alternative medicine options like massage, yoga, acupuncture and herbal medicine than the general public.

Nearly 38 percent of Americans use some kind of alternative medicine, like dietary supplements, meditation, chiropractic services and Pilates, according to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine—part of the National Institutes of Health.

The 2007 National Health Interview Survey sampled more than 14,300 working adults, 18 years old and up, and covered 36 different forms of health options, including mind-body therapies and energy-healing treatments.

The study revealed that doctors and nurses were twice as likely as non-clinical health-care support workers to have practiced alternative medicine services in the past year.

Overall, health-care workers used alternative medicine the most—more than those outside the health-care industry.

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