Research: ERCI,

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ERCI, Nursing of School, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey,, has surveyed attitudes towards CAM therapies in Turkey.


The aim of this study was to investigate the attitude towards complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) of healthy people, and to evaluate the relationship between attitude towards CAM and the characteristics of the participants.


Using descriptive and correlational designs, healthy individuals who attended or visited a primary care centre for healthcare services were surveyed. 448 persons responded to a questionnaire. The Attitude towards Complementary and Alternative Medicine scale consisted of 11 items on a six-point, and two subscales. The mean score of holistic complementary and alternative medicine was studied in relation to attributes and complementary and alternative medicine.


The mean score on the scale was 58.1 point, and in terms of the mean score of the scale, the sample group showed a negative attitude towards complementary and alternative medicine and one subscale. Demographic characteristics of the sample group affected attitudes towards complementary and alternative medicine and both subscales.


In light of these results, it is clear that healthy Turkish population have a tendency towards conventional medicine. Health professionals caring for healthy people should provide comprehensive care that addresses the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the individual.


Erci B. Attitudes towards holistic complementary and alternative medicine: a sample of healthy people in Turkey. Journal of Clinical Nursing 16 (4): 761-768, Apr 2007.

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