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The present study sought to contribute to this gap in public health practice and to the dialogs about CAM integration by comparing CAM use across a socio-demographically diverse sample of Los Angeles County residents, based on whether prayer or no prayer (broadly defined) was included as part of the operational definition.The diversity in Los Angeles County makes this jurisdiction a prime study location for examining this subject matter.In addition to the age criterion, the respondents of the DPH survey had to meet quota targets created for socio-demographics that were aligned with the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) and the 2011 Los Angeles County Health Survey (LACHS).The quota targets allowed the vendor to recruit a sample that, as closely as possible, represented the socio-demographic distributions of the region’s service planning areas.Although regional variation in CAM use exists (e.g., prevalence is highest in the Western states) (1, 6, 10), this variation is not entirely well-characterized in the literature.While such variation in use could be attributed to differences in cultural norms and attitudes toward these modalities (11), an alternative explanation could be that CAM has been defined differently across studies.

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In contrast, when researchers considered prayer as a CAM modality in the operational definition, the results showed an opposite pattern of use (8, 23–27).This inconsistent operationalization of CAM has and will continue to alter the core activities of public health practice.For example, surveillance and benchmarking of key health indicators or the volume of services utilization could fluctuate depending on how CAM is defined or measured.This, in turn, affects local planning of health and human services.Surveillance is defined by the public health profession as “the continuous, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data needed for planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practices” (14).

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