Personal and professional use of complementary therapies by nurses in NSW, Australia

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Abstract

In this study, we investigate the personal and professional use of complementary therapies by nurses in NSW, Australia. We found that the therapies and products used by respondents were similar to those used by the general population. Seventy-four percent of respondents had used a complementary therapy in the last year and 38% had used them with a patient. In addition, 67% indicated that they would refer to a complementary practitioner. Respondents were also found to have favourable views of complementary therapies with 85% believing they improve quality of life and only 0.8% indicating they serve no purpose. No major differences were seen between respondents residing in the city vs those in regional areas. The data from this study support the view that nurses are high users of complementary therapies and that they may be the health profession most open to the use of complementary therapies as an integral part of normal health care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-147
Number of pages6
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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