Complementary therapies in nursing practice

Chapman, Ysanne, and Birks, Melanie (2013) Complementary therapies in nursing practice. In: Crisp, Jackie, Taylor, Catherine, Douglas, Clint, and Rebeiro, Geraldine, (eds.) Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing (Australian adaptation). Elsevier Mosby, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 892-911.

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[Extract] Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been defined as 'diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention which complements mainstream medicine by contributing to a common whole, satisfying a demand not met by orthodoxy, or diversifying the conceptual framework of medicine' (Ernst and others. 2006:2). CAM is subject to national, cultural and individual differences, but all CAM therapists are bound by law to follow professional behaviour. Throughout the Western world, there has been an increase in the use of complementary therapies, not only to augment orthodox care in the prevention and treatment of illness, but also as a first-line choice by people to stay healthy. The use of complementary therapies by Australians is growing at a rate of 6% per year (National Institute of Complementary Medicine, 2012) in a healthcare industry that was previously defined and directed, for the most part, by Western biomedical approaches. Populations worldwide have been shown to be increasing their usage of natural medicine (Leach 2004a, 2004b). Furthermore, as clients increasingly utilise these therapies, registered nurses are called upon to provide evidence-based recommendations about their effectiveness.

Item ID: 29547
Item Type: Book Chapter (Later Edition)
ISBN: 978-0-7295-4110-7
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 02:44
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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