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Nurses' responses to people with cancer who use complimentary and alternative medicine

Wang, Shou-Yu C. & Yates, Patsy (2006) Nurses' responses to people with cancer who use complimentary and alternative medicine. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12(5), pp. 288-294.

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Abstract

There is a growing demand for complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) amongst people with cancer. This study aims to describe how nurses' respond to people with cancer who use CAMs, and the factors which may contribute to these different responses. A grounded theory approach was employed. Six semi-structured interviews were conducted with nurses who were working in cancer settings. The core category which emerged from this study was "nurses’ responses towards patients who use CAMs". Nurses respond in a variety of ways to patients who use CAMs. They include: open, sceptical, and ambivalent responses. A range of factors which influence the way nurses respond were also identified. These include the ambiguous definitions of CAM, nurses’ personal philosophies, life experiences, evidence of the therapy’s effectiveness, impact on patients, the motives of patients who use CAM and organisational culture. Several implications for nursing education and practice are identified from these findings.

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ID Code: 5541
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), nurses’ responses, contributing factors
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2006.00584.x
ISSN: 1322-7114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:25

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