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A truly complementary approach:A qualitative exploration of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners’ views of treating Ankylosing Spondylitis


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Family, H., Jordan, A., Blaxall, K. and Sengupta, R., 2017. Forthcoming. A truly complementary approach:A qualitative exploration of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners’ views of treating Ankylosing Spondylitis. Musculoskeletal Care

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Abstract

Objective: Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease in which individuals experience a lengthy delay to diagnosis. Prior to diagnosis, individuals report frequent use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Whilst popularly used, there is a dearth of knowledge concerning the experiences of CAM practitioners in terms of treating individuals with AS. Addressing this knowledge gap, this study provides a detailed exploration of how UK based CAM practitioners treat individuals with AS. Methods: Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with eight UK based CAM practitioners, (4 males), aged 45-69 years. CAM practitioners were recruited across a range of CAM therapies and years of CAM practice experience (8-46 years). Results: Thematic analysis resulted in identification of three themes to characterise the data. Themes comprised: (1) the whole picture; (2) alarm bells, and (3) a common language. Themes highlighted CAM practitioner adoption of a holistic yet individualised approach to treating individuals with AS, despite a general sense of lack of knowledge concerning AS amongst CAM practitioners. Notably, results indicated a desire of CAM practitioners to work more collaboratively with mainstream health providers to provide more joined-up care for individuals with AS. Conclusion: CAM practitioners emphasised the benefits of CAM to focus on providing effective symptom management when used in conjunction rather in opposition to mainstream health care. Adoption of a more holistic approach to AS management by CAM practitioners may empower clients to become more aware of symptoms, thus potentially reducing delays in receiving a formal diagnosis of AS.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsFamily, H., Jordan, A., Blaxall, K. and Sengupta, R.
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
Research CentresCentre for Pain Research
RefereedYes
StatusIn Press
ID Code56969

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