Cartwright, Tina and Torr, Rebecca (2005) Making sense of illness: the experiences of users of complementary medicine. Journal of Health Psychology, 10 (4). pp. 559-572. ISSN 1359-1053
Official URL: http://hpq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/10/4/5...
The present study investigated the experiences of users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) using a qualitative approach. In-depth interviews were conducted with 11 frequent users and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Results indicated that the patient-practitioner relationship and explanatory frameworks provided by CAM were perceived as important components of the therapeutic process, irrespective of treatment efficacy. CAM served a variety of functions beyond the explicit relief of symptoms by increasing energy and relaxation, facilitating coping and enhancing self/other awareness. It is therefore important that these wider effects are taken into account when evaluating complementary medicine in order to accurately reflect patients' experiences.
|Additional Information:||Online ISSN 1461-7277|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Complementary medicine, coping, outcomes, qualitative|
|Research Community:||University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of|
|Deposited On:||01 Jun 2006|
|Last Modified:||11 Aug 2010 15:30|
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