Complementary therapies: a challenge for nursing practice
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Complementary therapies: a challenge for nursing practice

Patricia O’Regan College lecturers, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland
Teresa Wills College lecturers, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland
Anna O’Leary College lecturers, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland

There has been a vast increase in the use of complementary therapies in recent years. Nurses, who are at the forefront of healthcare delivery, require adequate knowledge of complementary therapies and the skills to provide appropriate advice and holistic care incorporating the individual’s physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing and needs. This article explores the use and development of complementary therapies in health care. The role of, and the need for, an enhanced education approach to expand the current body of knowledge is discussed.

Nursing Standard. 24, 21,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.01.24.21.35.c7487

Correspondence

anna.oleary@ucc.ie

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review