Complementary/alternative medicine in chronic illness as informed self-care decision making

Sally Thorne, Barbara Paterson, Cynthia Russell, Annette Schultz

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    The reasons that persons with chronic illness explore complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have not been well understood. Using data from a study of self-care decision making in chronic illness, we conducted a qualitative secondary analysis to interpret the rationale underlying decisions to experiment with and use various CAM practices and products. The findings confirm that CAM use can be understood as a critical component of self-care management in general, and not as a rejection of conventional medicine or an unrealistic search for cure. In contrast, it represents personal responsibility for health, reframing the measures by which therapeutics are evaluated, and adopting a pragmatic approach to living as well as possible in the context of a chronic condition.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)671-683
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
    Volume39
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

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    Chronic Disease
    Medicine
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    Complementary/alternative medicine in chronic illness as informed self-care decision making. / Thorne, Sally; Paterson, Barbara; Russell, Cynthia; Schultz, Annette.

    In: International Journal of Nursing Studies, Vol. 39, No. 7, 01.12.2002, p. 671-683.

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