Advanced

Nurses' attitudes to the use of alternative medicine in cancer patients

Damkier, Anette; Elverdam, Beth; Glasdam, Stinne LU ; Jensen, Anders Bonde and Rose, Carsten LU (1998) In Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 12(2). p.119-126
Abstract

This study reports results from a questionnaire study on nurses' attitudes to and experiences with alternative medicine, especially related to cancer patients' use of alternative medicine. Sixty nurses from a department of oncology and haematology participated in the study. The response rate was 62%. The nurses primarily perceived the use of alternative medicine as an individual choice which the nurses wanted to support. Sixty-three percent of the nurses indicated that alternative medicine could be useful in the treatment of cancer patients, 32% would sometimes suggest alternative medicine to the patients, and 20% used alternative medicine in their nursing. One-third of the nurses had experienced conflict in connection with alternative... (More)

This study reports results from a questionnaire study on nurses' attitudes to and experiences with alternative medicine, especially related to cancer patients' use of alternative medicine. Sixty nurses from a department of oncology and haematology participated in the study. The response rate was 62%. The nurses primarily perceived the use of alternative medicine as an individual choice which the nurses wanted to support. Sixty-three percent of the nurses indicated that alternative medicine could be useful in the treatment of cancer patients, 32% would sometimes suggest alternative medicine to the patients, and 20% used alternative medicine in their nursing. One-third of the nurses had experienced conflict in connection with alternative medicine and their patients, mostly when established treatment was delayed or refused in favour of alternative medicine. Fifty-three percent of the nurses had tried alternative medicine themselves. This study reveals that nurses are in an ambiguous and complex situation: they are simultaneously professionals in the established health care system, caregivers supporting the patients, and individuals using alternative medicine.

(Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
keywords
Alternative medicine, Attitudes, Nurses
in
Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
volume
12
issue
2
pages
8 pages
publisher
Wiley-Blackwell
external identifiers
  • Scopus:0031809459
ISSN
0283-9318
DOI
10.1111/j.1471-6712.1998.tb00485.x
language
English
LU publication?
no
id
6c7f2a8d-d4e8-4550-ae0b-6d2405ef7489
date added to LUP
2017-01-26 10:39:45
date last changed
2017-01-27 11:35:34
@article{6c7f2a8d-d4e8-4550-ae0b-6d2405ef7489,
  abstract     = {<p>This study reports results from a questionnaire study on nurses' attitudes to and experiences with alternative medicine, especially related to cancer patients' use of alternative medicine. Sixty nurses from a department of oncology and haematology participated in the study. The response rate was 62%. The nurses primarily perceived the use of alternative medicine as an individual choice which the nurses wanted to support. Sixty-three percent of the nurses indicated that alternative medicine could be useful in the treatment of cancer patients, 32% would sometimes suggest alternative medicine to the patients, and 20% used alternative medicine in their nursing. One-third of the nurses had experienced conflict in connection with alternative medicine and their patients, mostly when established treatment was delayed or refused in favour of alternative medicine. Fifty-three percent of the nurses had tried alternative medicine themselves. This study reveals that nurses are in an ambiguous and complex situation: they are simultaneously professionals in the established health care system, caregivers supporting the patients, and individuals using alternative medicine.</p>},
  author       = {Damkier, Anette and Elverdam, Beth and Glasdam, Stinne and Jensen, Anders Bonde and Rose, Carsten},
  issn         = {0283-9318},
  keyword      = {Alternative medicine,Attitudes,Nurses},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {119--126},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences},
  title        = {Nurses' attitudes to the use of alternative medicine in cancer patients},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-6712.1998.tb00485.x},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {1998},
}