Professional Practice

Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: To assess the attitudes and practices of professionals in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) regarding prayer and meditation. DESIGN: A national mail survey that included questions about the use of a number of complementary and alternative therapies. PARTICIPANTS: The survey was mailed to 7,479 physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists who specialize in PM&R, and 1221 (17%) returned completed surveys.

Schoenberger, Nancy E.
Matheis, Robert J.
Shiflett, Samuel C.
Cotter, Ann C.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery

This article is intended for anyone interested in introducing prayer into his or her practice. It outlines the reasons for using prayer and addresses some of the objections put forward by certain professionals.The paper then describesThe Prayer Wheel, a practical non-denominational way to pray and provides instructions on how to present it as an adjunct in health care.

Rossiter-Thornton, John F.
Publication Title: 
Canadian Journal of Public Health = Revue Canadienne De Santé Publique

A descriptive study of practitioners of holistic therapies in Quebec was done using a questionnaire mailed to the 954 therapists advertising publicly their services. The response rate was 37.9%. This paper presents the sociodemographic and socio-professional data collected. According to the findings, holistic therapists can be found in almost all regions of Quebec with higher concentrations in large urban centers. Their group is almost equally composed of men (51.7%) and women (48.0%) with an age mean of 40.1 years and with a mean of 7 years of experience in their practice.

Rousseau, N.
Saillant, F.
Desjardins, D.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice / American Board of Family Practice

BACKGROUND: Despite the growing popularity of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies, little is known about the professionals who provide them. Our objective was to describe the characteristics of the four largest groups of licensed CAM providers in the United States and to compare them with the characteristics of conventional physicians. METHODS: Random statewide samples of licensed acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and naturopathic physicians living in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Washington were interviewed by telephone.

Cherkin, Daniel C.
Deyo, Richard A.
Sherman, Karen J.
Hart, L. Gary
Street, Janet H.
Hrbek, Andrea
Cramer, Elaine
Milliman, Bruce
Booker, Jennifer
Mootz, Robert
Barassi, James
Kahn, Janet R.
Kaptchuk, Ted J.
Eisenberg, David M.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

BACKGROUND: Despite substantial growth in the use of complementary medicine, no comprehensive national study has been undertaken of the naturopathic and Western herbal medicine component of the healthcare workforce in Australia. This study aimed to examine the nature of these practices and this currently unregulated workforce in Australia. METHODS: A comprehensive survey questionnaire was developed in consultation with the profession and distributed nationally to all members of the naturopathic and Western herbal medicine workforce.

Bensoussan, A.
Myers, S. P.
Wu, S. M.
O'Connor, K.
Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)

Whereas naturopathic physicians have either "licensure" or state-mandated "registration" in 13 US states and four Canadian provinces, naturopaths in Australia have thus far failed to obtain "statutory registration" in any political jurisdiction, despite the fact that chiropractors and osteopaths have done so in all Australian states and territories, and acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have done so in the state of Victoria.

Baer, Hans A.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Nursing Education

Despite the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's adoption of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree as the appropriate level of education for advanced practice, a number of controversies have persisted, including questions of timing, academic support, grandfathering, diffusion of nursing research, and economics. This article discusses the path to the professional doctorate in optometry, osteopathy, public health, pharmacy, physical therapy, audiology, chiropractic, and naturopathy.

Brown-Benedict, Deonne J.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: The demand for complementary medicine (CM) is growing worldwide and so is the supply. So far, there is not much insight in the activities in Dutch CM practices nor in how these activities differ from mainstream general practice. Comparisons on diagnoses and visit length can offer an impression of how Dutch CM practices operate. METHODS: Three groups of regularly trained physicians specialized in CM participated in this study: 16 homeopathic physicians, 13 physician acupuncturists and 11 naturopathy physicians.

Heiligers, Phil J. M.
de Groot, Judith
Koster, Dick
van Dulmen, Sandra
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

There is very little information in the literature to prepare massage therapists for what they might expect when they provide treatment to people with advanced cancer in hospice or palliative care. We report an analysis of a subset of data collected from a large multi-site clinical trial of the efficacy of massage therapy for people with advanced cancer. This is the first analysis of empirical data of patient presentation, massage treatment environment, and the characteristics of massage provided for this population.

Smith, Marlaine C.
Yamashita, Traci E.
Bryant, Lucinda L.
Hemphill, Linnea
Kutner, Jean S.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: To describe the practice patterns of licensed massage therapists (LMTs). DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SUBJECTS: One hundred and twenty-six (126) massage practices randomly selected from the Greater Boston Area yellow pages. OUTCOMES MEASURES: Practitioner demographics, training, practice characteristics, and fees. RESULTS: The response rate was 65%. Most respondents were Caucasian (95%) and female (80%). Their mean age was 41 years old. Half held a college degree; on average, practitioners received 1000 hours of training in massage therapy.

Lee, A. C.
Kemper, K. J.


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