Factors that influence the attitudes to Complementary Therapies held by health professionals working within a private hospice in the UK
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background The emergence of the patient centered and multi-disciplinary biopsychosocial model of health, together with the growing popularity of complementary therapies, has led to the call for a more integrated health system within the UK. Given conventional medicine’s strong links to the biomedical model of health, any move in this direction requires an attitudinal shift that acknowledges the benefits of such a change; in order to progress to an integrated healthcare approach, it is vital to understand the factors that influence attitudinal change. Research Question What factors influence the attitudes to complementary therapies held by health professionals working within a private UK hospice? Method A sequential explanatory design, mixed methods research approach was adopted utilising a two phase cross-sectional survey. Results Results demonstrate positive attitudes to complementary therapies influenced by both personal and observed experience. Safety and efficacy emerged as the most important concern in terms of integrated healthcare. iii Conclusion The findings highlight the need for evidence of efficacy and safety within complementary therapies; significantly they also stress the importance of people’s experiences which does raise the question of evidence-based practice versus practice-based evidence, or both.
B.Sc.(Hons) Complementary Healthcare
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