Approaches to clinical decision-making: A qualitative study of naturopaths

Steel, Amie and Adams, Jon (2011) Approaches to clinical decision-making: A qualitative study of naturopaths. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 17 2: 81-84. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.06.003

Author Steel, Amie
Adams, Jon
Title Approaches to clinical decision-making: A qualitative study of naturopaths
Journal name Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-3881
Publication date 2011-05
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.06.003
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 81
End page 84
Total pages 4
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract The type of information used and its application in clinical practice has generated interest due to its relationship to evidence-based medicine (EBM). However, it is also acknowledged that the principles of EBM place less value on practitioners' experience and intuitive insights when making clinical decisions. Research in this area has been conducted with conventional health professionals, meanwhile complementary and alternative medicine practitioners such as naturopaths have received little attention. In response interviews were undertaken with naturopaths to explore their approach to information-seeking and application in clinical settings. Thematic analysis identified how naturopaths incorporate deductive reasoning alongside intuition and clinical experience to overcome difficulties in applying information to relevant clinical situations. This research provides an understanding of the approach taken by naturopaths to improve the relevance of available data when making clinical decisions and is of significance for health policy and health service delivery in this area. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword CAM
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 8 July, 2010.

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