The purpose of this survey is to learn about amputees' use of complementary and alternative medicine (for example acupunture, chiropractic and naturopathy).

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, defines the term "Complementary and Alternative Medicine" or "CAM" as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine (also referred to as Western or allopathic medicine). "Alternative medicine" refers to use of CAM in place of conventional medicine. Alternative health care practitioners are generally considered to be those who do not have MD or DO degrees. "Complementary medicine" refers to the use of CAM together with conventional medicine. Most use of CAM by Americans is complementary.

* Have you ever used alternative medicine as treatment for any health care issues related to your amputation or prosthesis?

* What type of CAM have you experienced?
(you may select more than one)

* (Optional) Provide additional details about the treatment(s) noted above:

* Overall, were you satisfied with the outcome of the CAM treatment(s) you received?

* Rate the outcome of the treatment(s) you received on a scale of 1 to 6, where 6 = Completely Successful and 1 = Not at all Successful. If you do not feel certain about the outcome, select "Uncertain."

  Completely Successful Somewhat successful Not at all Successful Uncertain
Acupuncture
Botanical medicine
Chiropractic
Homeopathy
Injection treatments
Naturopathy
Nutritional supplements
Prolotherapy/Mesotherapy
Other (specified above)

* How long have you been an amputee?

* Are you an...

* Are you a member of Amputee Empowerment Partners (empoweringamputees.org)?

* Thank you for taking this survey. A summary of the final results will be posted in January. Please join me online at Amputee Empowerment Partners (www.empoweringamputees.org).

I welcome your comments.

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