Qualitative Research

NUR/518 Julie Angileri Professor Margaret Colucciello

Purpose of Study

The purpose of the study, Nurses' beliefs, experiences and practice regarding complimentary and alternative medicine in Taiwan, was to study nurse’s perspective regarding the use and application of complimentary and alternative medicines, CAMs. Complimentary and alternative medicine was defined as Chinese medicine, homeopathic medicine, meditation and hypnotherapy, herbs and aromatherapy, chiropracty and osteopathy, and energy therapies such as quigong and therapeutic touch.

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Implications for Future Research Are Analyzed

Future research may include analyzing on a larger scale, the attitudes and knowledge of nurses about CAMs. Additional concept studies could study the desire of nurses to implement CAMs in daily practice, and how to best educate them about CAMs. Formal education opportunities could come in the form of continuing education, and integration into the undergraduate curriculum.

Reference

Smith, G. D., & Wu, S. (2012, September). Nurses' beliefs, experiences and practice regarding complimentary and alternative medicine in Taiwan. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21(17/18), 2659-2667.