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Jane Ungemack, Dr.P.H., Mary P. Guerrera, M.D., Bonnie G. McRee, Ph. D.

Field of Study

Public Health


Master of Public Health

Open Access

Open Access


Background: This study explores the attitudes of residents of North Hartford, CT toward Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine. Methods: Twenty-five semi-structured, 10-15 minute in-person interviews were conducted at five sites over a two-week period in March 2019. Results: Few respondents were familiar with the term “Integrative Medicine.” Familiarity with modalities such as massage was higher (92%). Massage therapy was most often tried in the past (56%). Meditation and relaxation and yoga were the most frequently requested offerings. Cost, transportation, time of day and day of week, all emerged as potential barriers to participation. Pain-related complaints were prevalent amongst respondents. Conclusions: The term “Integrative Medicine” was not understood widely in this population. Providing group walks/hikes could help residents feel more comfortable engaging in activities in nature. When offering yoga, accessibility should be emphasized. Offering massage, CAM/Integrative Medicine for weight and pain management could be popular activities for this community.

Major Advisor

Jane Ungemack, Dr.P.H.