Nursing Research

Publication Title: 
Advance for Nurse Practitioners
Author(s): 
Reilly, Alice M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Nursing

This article explores some of the ethical issues associated with the use of complementary therapies in practice. The adopted terminology and related concepts are clarified. The term 'complementary therapy' is compared and contrasted with 'alternative medicine' and 'non-conventional therapy'. The increasing emphasis on holistic nursing care is also discussed. Ethical issues of patient choice, informed consent and the principle of beneficence are examined in relation to complementary therapies.

Author(s): 
Norton, L.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery

Complementary therapies comprise only a fraction of nursing care, yet it is interesting that their use is being considered by an ever-increasing number of nurses. Within the Rhondda NHS Trust, holistic massage therapy is offered to patients both in hospital and in the community, nurses and occupational therapists successfully combining their massage skills with everyday patient care. During the process of devising a research protocol for implementation within the Trust, certain questions began to emerge to which there were no answers.

Author(s): 
Hobbs, S.
Davies, P. D.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery

Complementary and alternative medicine is becoming an established intervention modality within the contemporary health care system. Various forms of complementary and alternative medicine are used by patients and practitioners alike, including chiropractic, massage, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and energy therapies. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine was established within the National Institutes of Health to facilitate evaluation of these alternative therapies, establish an information clearinghouse, and promote research in the field.

Author(s): 
Murphy, P. A.
Kronenberg, F.
Wade, C.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery

Complementary and alternative medicine is becoming an established intervention modality within the contemporary health care system. Various forms of complementary and alternative medicine are used by patients and practitioners alike, including chiropractic, massage, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and energy therapies. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine was established within the National Institutes of Health to facilitate evaluation of these alternative therapies, establish an information clearinghouse, and promote research in the field.

Author(s): 
Murphy, P. A.
Kronenberg, F.
Wade, C.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association

Tai Chi has been widely practiced in China for centuries as an art form, religious ritual, relaxation technique, exercise, and a method of self-defense for people of all ages. It has been used to improve balance; promote postural stability; decrease falls; enhance cardiovascular and ventilatory functions; rehabilitate persons with acute myocardial infarction and rheumatoid arthritis; and reduce pain, stress, and nightmares.

Author(s): 
Chen, K. M.
Snyder, M.
Publication Title: 
Geriatric Nursing (New York, N.Y.)

The purpose of this article is to address the challenges of conducting intervention research with an elderly population by using the example of a tai chi intervention study. Various difficulties can arise while conducting interventions with the elderly; these can involve factors related to long-term care facilities, health care providers, and the research team, as well as the institutionalized elders themselves. Any difficulty may influence research results. As a consequence, challenges must be dealt with in a positive manner to conduct a valid geriatric study.

Author(s): 
Hsu, Ya-Chuan
Chen, Kuei-Min
Publication Title: 
Nursing Research

BACKGROUND: Bayesian inference provides a formal framework for updating knowledge by combining prior knowledge with current data. Over the past 10 years, the Bayesian paradigm has become a popular analytic tool in health research. Although the nursing literature contains examples of Bayes' theorem applications to clinical decision making, it lacks an adequate introduction to Bayesian data analysis. METHODS: Bayesian data analysis is introduced through a fully Bayesian model for determining the efficacy of tai chi as an illustrative example.

Author(s): 
Carpenter, Jacque
Gajewski, Byron
Teel, Cynthia
Aaronson, Lauren S.
Publication Title: 
Geriatric Nursing (New York, N.Y.)

The purpose of this article is to address the challenges of conducting intervention research with an elderly population by using the example of a tai chi intervention study. Various difficulties can arise while conducting interventions with the elderly; these can involve factors related to long-term care facilities, health care providers, and the research team, as well as the institutionalized elders themselves. Any difficulty may influence research results. As a consequence, challenges must be dealt with in a positive manner to conduct a valid geriatric study.

Author(s): 
Hsu, Ya-Chuan
Chen, Kuei-Min
Publication Title: 
Nursing Research

BACKGROUND: Bayesian inference provides a formal framework for updating knowledge by combining prior knowledge with current data. Over the past 10 years, the Bayesian paradigm has become a popular analytic tool in health research. Although the nursing literature contains examples of Bayes' theorem applications to clinical decision making, it lacks an adequate introduction to Bayesian data analysis. METHODS: Bayesian data analysis is introduced through a fully Bayesian model for determining the efficacy of tai chi as an illustrative example.

Author(s): 
Carpenter, Jacque
Gajewski, Byron
Teel, Cynthia
Aaronson, Lauren S.

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