A recent major shift in practice by the Veterans Health Administration (VA) now means that complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture are increasingly being offered to VA patients as non-drug approaches for pain management. A recent study has looked at the use of CIH use by gender among veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain. The research is featured as the 'Editor's Choice' in the September/October issue of Women's Health Issues. The research found that the rates of use of CIG range from 25-42 percent among women and 15-29 percent among men, depending on race/ethnicity and age.
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