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Conceptualizing mainstream health care providers' behaviours in relation to complementary and alternative medicine

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  • Medicine

Abstract

There has been an explosion of literature on the attitudes of a variety of health care providers, particularly physicians, to the growing utilization of complementary and alternative medicines and modalities (CAM). What is most seriously lacking is a conceptual framework that helps to distill this mountain of literature into a manageable and more understandable amount. In this paper, we address these important issues by examining the literature that surveys the attitudes and behaviour of providers regarding CAM comparatively across the professions of medicine and nursing and across settings. We do so by drawing upon existing, more general theoretical contributions to the area of CAM in order to propose a comparative conceptual framework with which to interpret the diverse and at times discrepant results of this body of research.

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