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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Patricia Shaver


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

Alternative medicine
Integrative medicine
Nurse practitioners -- South Dakota -- Attitudes


Includes bibliographical references (page 44-47)



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