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The rise of complementary self-care: A national sociological study of women's strategies for coping and living with chronic illness

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Conventional approaches to chronic illness in Australia have failed to meet the complex needs of sufferers, leading to an exponential rise in interest in and use of complementary self-care, particularly amongst women. In this study, drawing on a unique national sample of women suffering from chronic illnesses, we will provide critical insight into women's complementary self-care practices and structures of disadvantage. This study will be the first worldwide to document previously 'hidden' complementary self-care practices, providing a new framework for understanding and promoting women's health and wellbeing in the context of chronic illness.

sociology,medical sociology,health social science