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
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.
|Additional Information:||Online ISSN 1541-0048|
|Research Community:||University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of|
|Deposited On:||17 Aug 2005|
|Last Modified:||12 Oct 2009 16:53|
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