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Open Access Student Nurses' Use and Perceptions of Alternative Medicine: An Exploratory Study

Attitudes des élèves-infirmières à l'égard des médecines douces et de leur utilisation : une étude exploratoire

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This exploratory study is based on the results of an open-ended questionnaire administered to nursing students to assess their reactions to, use of, attitudes towards, and acceptance of alternative medicine. Acceptance of alternative therapies by nursing students could influence the future use of such therapies within health care. Consistent with the findings of studies with graduate nurses, high usage rates and qualified acceptance of alternative medicine were found among the sample of nursing students. Some reasons for this generally receptive attitude are presented, along with implications for future health-care practices.

Fondée sur les résultats d'un questionnaire à réponses libres, cette étude exploratoire a été entreprise dans le but de jauger les réactions et les attitudes des élèves-infirmières à l'égard des médecines douces, de même que leur degré d'acceptation. L'attitude des élèves-infirmières envers les médecines douces pourrait avoir une incidence sur le recours éventuel à ces thérapies dans le domaine de la santé. Les résultats de l'enquête confirment les conclusions d'autres études antérieures sur les infirmières diplômées : on a constaté au sein de l'échantillon d'élèves-infirmières un taux d'utilisation élevé des médecines douces et un degré relatif d'acceptation à l'égard de ces dernières.

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Keywords: ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE; ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE; CODING TECHNIQUES; EFFECTIVENESS; EXPLORATORY; PERCEPTIONS; SATISFACTION; STUDENT NURSES; THERAPIES; USAGE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-09-01

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