Student Nurses' Perceptions of Alternative and Allopathic Medicine
 
   

Student Nurses' Perceptions of
Alternative and Allopathic Medicine

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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   Frankp@chiro.org
 
   

FROM: West J Nurs Res 2004 (Apr);   26 (3):   356366

Joudrey R, McKay S, Gough J

Red Deer College


This exploratory study of student nurses is based on the results of the responses to one question on an open-ended questionnaire: How would you define the relationship between alternative medicine and allopathic (conventional) medicine? A specific goal of the study was to find out how the surveyed respondents conceptualized the relationship between allopathic and alternative medicine. Three themes were identified: (a) "They are not at all alike," (b) "The two can or should be used together," and (c) "Those who practice alternative medicine and those who practice allopathic do not get along very well." The discussion suggests some reasons for these perceptions and considers some implications for future health care.


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