Complementary and alternative medicine use by voluntary organisations in Cardiff: a cross sectional survey.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Access to complementary therapies is becoming commonplace in mainstream healthcare, as well as in community and voluntary organisations. Little is known about prevalence of CAM use within the voluntary sector. A survey to investigate CAM use in voluntary organisations in Cardiff was conducted to find out which therapies voluntary organisations were using and to identify motivators and barriers to use. Research Question: What complementary therapies do voluntary organisations use in Cardiff? Method: The study was designed as a cross-sectional postal survey of voluntary organisations in Cardiff using self-completion questionnaires. Results: 85 voluntary organisations were sent questionnaires, 52 usable questionnaires were received with a response rate of 61%.29% of organisations reported CAM use within the previous 12 months. Massage was the most commonly used therapy, lack of funding was seen to be a major barrier; CAM use was primarily driven by a growing awareness into complementary therapy. Conclusion: The use of CAM in voluntary organisations in Cardiff was evident and suggests CAM use in the voluntary sector is becoming more widespread. Health and safety guidelines and more involvement from practitioners within the community to raise awareness is needed.
BSc (Hons) Complementary therapies
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