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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
alternative medicine, integrative medicine, nurse practitioner attitudes in South Dakota
With the increase and widespread the use of complementary/integrative medicine, there has been limited research on nurse practitioners' knowledge and use of complementary/integrative medicine. This descriptive study employed a mailed survey with 115 randomly selected South Dakota nurse practitioners to examine their past/current use and recommendations of complementary/integrative medicine, as well as their knowledge level of complementary/integrative medicine.
Results showed that 80.9%(N=55) of the responders have personally used complementary/integrative medicine for themselves. Eighty-three percent of the survey responders did make complementary/integrative medicine recommendations to their patients, with the most recommended therapies being massage therapy, chiropractic and nutritional therapy. The level of knowledge as "know a lot" was 38.2 %, 30.9 %, and 26.5% for these three therapies respectively. Overall, the survey responders reported the usefulness of complementary/integrative medicine in primary care as "very useful" (N= 24) and "somewhat useful" (N=41) and "not useful at all" (N= 3).
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nurse practitioners -- South Dakota -- Attitudes
Includes bibliographical references (page 44-47)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 2008 Tonya Froehlich. All rights reserved
Froehlich, Tonya, "Nurse Practitioners' Knowledge and Use of Complementary and Integrative Medicine" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 935.