Author(s): Erci B
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Abstract AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the attitude towards holistic complementary and alternative medicine of healthy people, and to evaluate the relationship between attitude towards holistic complementary and alternative medicine and the characteristics of the participants. BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicines are becoming more accepted. DESIGN: This study used descriptive and correlational designs. METHODS: The study included healthy individuals who attended or visited a primary care centre for healthcare services. The sample of the study consisted of 448 persons who responded to the questionnaire. The Attitude towards Holistic Complementary and Alternative Medicine scale consisted of 11 items on a six-point, and two subscales. The mean score of holistic complementary and alternative medicine was studied in relation to attributes and holistic complementary and alternative medicine. RESULTS: The mean score on the scale was 58.1 SD 4.1 point, and in terms of the mean score of the scale, the sample group showed a negative attitude towards holistic complementary and alternative medicine and one subscale. Demographic characteristics of the sample group affected attitudes towards holistic complementary and alternative medicine and both subscales. CONCLUSION: In light of these results, it is clear that healthy Turkish population have a tendency towards conventional medicine. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Health professionals caring for healthy people should provide comprehensive care that addresses the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the individual; they could provide the consultation regarding to different patterns of complementary therapies.
This article was published in J Clin Nurs
and referenced in Journal of Health Education Research & Development