Research: RANKIN-BOX discusses the

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RANKIN-BOX discusses the potential for complementary therapies in Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments.




and CONCLUSIONS: While a number of therapies may be effective in emergency settings, nurses must consider the broader implications regarding their use in A&E departments. Complementary therapies will probably be used as therapeutic techniques rather than discrete therapeutic entities, due to the organisational context and the nature of acute work in A&E departments, an approach not dissimilar to the use of complementary therapies in other nursing specialities. While the use of complementary therapies as techniques may enhance therapeutic care and be beneficial in the short term, nurses need to reflect and reappraise what they are actually doing and the extent to which they can reconcile two apparently opposite paradigms of health care. There is considerable potential regarding the use of complementary therapy techniques in A&E departments; example of therapies and conditions are described.



Rankin-Box DF. Is there a place for complementary therapies in the accident and emergency department? Accid Emerg Nurs 4(3): 160-4 Jul 1996.

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