Previous studies have found that people with a poor QOL are more likely to use CAM modalities, as they are more motivated to seek methods of increasing their QOL .
Functional status was assessed using six lower-body strength items from the established Nagi self-report measure.
HRQOL was assessed using the MEPS 12-item short form of the Medical Outcomes Study questionnaire (SF-12).
Recent surveys found that 54% of persons aged 65 or older had used a CAM therapy or practice .
When prayer is included, surveys reveal that CAM usage range from 67-88% in older adult communities .
Limitations to the research included small samples sizes, difficulty in follow-up research designs to understand the long-term effect of CAM practices, and insufficient randomization and/or control groups. The electronic version of this manuscript has links to educative resources on the Internet for practitioners and individuals interested in learning more about specific CAM modalities; the bolded topics are links to online definitions.