Nurses' perceptions of complementary and alternative medical therapies
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

The purpose of this study was to identify the perceptions of nurses toward the effectiveness and safety, as well as their recommendations for and personal use of complementary and alternative medical therapies. A, random sample of 1000 nurses throughout the United States were surveyed using a three-wave mailing. About half of the respondents perceived there was conclusive evidence or preponderance of evidence that five therapies were effective: biofeedback, chiropractic, meditation/relaxation, multi-vitamins, and massage therapy. The same amount of nurses also perceived five therapies as definitely safe: hypnotherapy, chiropractic, acupressure, acupuncture, and healing touch. However, the nurses were most likely to recommend (regularly or periodically) four therapies: multivitamins, massage, meditation/relaxation, and pastoral/spiritual counseling. The vast majority (79%) of nurses perceived their professional preparation in this area to be fair or poor.

Author(s): 
Brolinson, P. G.
Price, J. H.
Ditmyer, M.
Reis, D.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Community Health
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Community Health
Publication Date: 
2001-06
Publication Year: 
2001
Pages: 
175-189
Volume: 
26
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
0094-5145
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 11478564

Turabian/Chicago Citation

P. G. Brolinson, J. H. Price, M. Ditmyer and D. Reis. 2001-06. "Nurses' perceptions of complementary and alternative medical therapies." Journal of Community Health 26: 3: 175-189.

Wikipedia Citation

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