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What patients expect from complementary therapy: a qualitative study

Richardson, Janet (2004) What patients expect from complementary therapy: a qualitative study. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (6). pp. 1049-1053. ISSN 0090-0036

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Official URL: http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/94/6/1049

Abstract

Objectives : Complementary and alternative therapies have become popular with patients in Western countries. Studies have suggested motivations for patients’ choosing a wide range of complementary therapies. Data on the expectations of patients who use complementary therapy are limited. We assessed the expectations of patients who use complementary therapy. Methods : Patients attending a British National Health Service (NHS) outpatient department that provided acupuncture, osteopathy, and homoeopathy were asked to complete a qualitative survey. Results : Patients expected symptom relief, information, a holistic approach, improved quality of life, self-help advice, and wide availability of such therapies on the NHS. Conclusions : Physicians’ understanding of patients’ expectations of complementary therapies will help patients make appropriate and realistic treatment choices.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1541-0048
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:377
Deposited On:17 Aug 2005
Last Modified:12 Oct 2009 16:53

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