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NAFKAM survey 2016

Every other year NAFKAM survey the Norwegian population's use of traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM). These are the numbers for 2016 (November 2015 - November 2016).

Total use: 36% of those asked, replied to have used T&CM therapies one or more times during 2016. This was divided into these categories:

Which therapies were used the most?

The most used therapies according to the survey, were massage* (11,9 %), acupuncture* (3,6 %), naprapathy* (2,6%) og reflexology* (1,7 %). Osteopathy* and cupping* shared the fifth place with 1,2% users each. The proportion who said they had used «Other» T&CM therapies were 1,8 %.

* These articles are in Norwegian.
Notice: In the questionnaire, we put up a predefined list of T&CM therapies that are known to have had a lot of users in previous surveys.

Use by gender:

Women responded to have used more T&CM than men:

• Women: 46 %
• Men: 28 %

How much money did we spend on T&CM in 2016?

Overall, Norwegians spent over NOK 4 billion on alternative treatment in 2016. We have kategorized the use as "seeing a T&CM therapist", "use of herbs/ herbal remedies" and "use of self-help techniques":

In addition, nearly 70 percent reported having used supplements for on average 931 NOK. "Regular use" of supplements (in line with the package leaflet) is not considered T&CM.

Changes in relation to earlier surveys :

The total use of T&CM modalities has declined in the population. In 2012 45% reported to have used T&CM; in 2014 the number was 40%, and in 2016 36% reported the same.

Nevertheless, we spent more money on private health care in 2016 than in 2014. Particularly every person that see a T&CM provider uses more money on these services. 

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The NAFKAM-survey 2016 was cunducted by Ipsos MMI. 1001 persons, 15 years or older were inteviewed by telephone in November of 2016. Analysis of the numbers and the preparation of the report was done by Vinjar Fønnebø at NAFKAM.