Complementary medicines in medicine: conceptualising terminology among Australian medical students using a constructivist grounded theory approach

Templeman, Kate, Robinson, Anske and McKenna, Lisa (2015) Complementary medicines in medicine: conceptualising terminology among Australian medical students using a constructivist grounded theory approach. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 21 1: 33-41. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.01.005


Author Templeman, Kate
Robinson, Anske
McKenna, Lisa
Title Complementary medicines in medicine: conceptualising terminology among Australian medical students using a constructivist grounded theory approach
Journal name Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-3881
1873-6947
Publication date 2015-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.01.005
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 41
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Terminology around the use of complementary medicines (CM) within medical discourse is ambiguous. Clear collective discourse within the medical context is required. This study reports the findings of a Constructivist Grounded Theory Method study used to explore medical students’ conceptualisation of terminology and associated value components around CMs as evidenced within their discourse community. The results show that terminology surrounding CMs within medicine is politically charged and fraught with value judgements. Terms used to describe CMs were considered, many of which were deemed problematic. Categorisation of specific medicines was also deemed inappropriate in certain contexts. Conceptualisation of CM terminology, categorisation and value implications, discriminated between levels of evidence for CMs and provided insights into the social change of medicine towards emergence of an evidence-based integrative approach. The results show that terminology surrounding CM is a social construct consistent with fluid conceptualisation and operationalisation in different social contexts.
Keyword Integrative medicine
Complementary medicine
Alternative medicine
Medical terminology
Medical education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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