About Course #N1863
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Expiration Date: January 31, 2021
A complementary, or alternative, therapy is any healing practice that is not considered part of conventional, mainstream medicine. Complementary therapies may be based on historical or cultural traditions, rather than on scientific evidence (National Asthma Council Australia, 2012). It is important to understand that there is a distinction between complementary and alternative practices. If a nonmainstream practice is used in conjunction with conventional medicine, it is considered complementary. If a nonmainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it is considered alternative. Most people who use nonmainstream approaches combine them with conventional treatments (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH], 2016).
Although not a mainstay of therapy, the use of alternative therapies by individuals with asthma warrants discussion because of its increasing popularity. The use of alternative therapies is so prevalent that healthcare professionals can expect to provide care to a large number of individuals who use these therapies. Alternative therapies may influence the delivery of medical care, so it is important to ask about a history of alternative therapy use in the assessment. Healthcare professionals have a responsibility to provide individuals who use other therapies with accurate information about the safety and potential adverse interactions with traditional medical care. It is imperative that the person with asthma understand the risks and benefits of alternative treatments, which ones have evidence-based effectiveness, and the need to maintain medical management and follow-up to ensure good asthma outcomes. This course focuses specifically on the use of alternative therapies in asthma treatment.
This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with, course #N1787 - Asthma Management in Children and Adults, 2nd Edition.
About the Author
Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP, is an Assistant Professor in the Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University. She received her PhD from the Decker School of Nursing, with her dissertation focusing on asthma management of school nurses. Dr. Quaranta's research focus is on barriers and facilitators for asthma management. Dr. Quaranta has received Individual Development Awards from Binghamton University, as well as a Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence Award to further her research in asthma. She has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of asthma and self-management.
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