eCite Digital Repository

Nurses' knowledge and attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine for adult patients with cancer in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia: a qualitative study

Citation

Christina, J and Abigail, W and Cuthbertson, LA and Whitehead, D, Nurses' knowledge and attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine for adult patients with cancer in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia: a qualitative study, Journal of Holistic Nursing, 37, (2) pp. 130-139. ISSN 0898-0101 (2019) [Refereed Article]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2018 The Authors

DOI: doi:10.1177/0898010118811047

Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore nurses' knowledge and attitudes toward the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients in a palliative care setting. A descriptive qualitative approach was used in this study. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 nurses recruited using purposive sampling. The data were analyzed using an inductive semantic approach. Thematic analysis identified that nurses possess limited knowledge of CAM. Nurses were skeptical toward CAM and less confident to recommend its use. Four main themes (and two subthemes) emerged: Understanding of CAM, Hesitative Attitudes, Personal Experience, and Preferences in Learning about CAM. There is a need to integrate CAM topics into nursing education programs in order to develop nurses' knowledge and build positive attitudes toward CAM use. Sufficient knowledge and positive attitudes toward CAM would support safety and quality of care in management of patients with cancer who use or are contemplating using CAM.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nurses, knowledge, attitude, cancer, complementary therapy
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Whitehead, D (Dr Dean Whitehead)
ID Code:139979
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2020-07-21
Last Modified:2020-08-19
Downloads:0

Repository Staff Only: item control page