Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Medical doctors' views on complementary and alternative medicine: Moving toward integrative and equitable healthcare in Arkansas
by Joy, Sister A., Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2012, 261; 3554860
Abstract (Summary)

This inquiry asks medical doctors in the state of Arkansas about their views on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Specifically, this study asks doctors to consider the professional and social implications of discussing alternative medicine and integrative healthcare with medical colleagues and patients, and it assesses their personal experience with and professional evaluation of the following CAM modalities: deep breathing (e.g., meditation), gentle movement (e.g., tai chi, yoga), group prayer for health reasons, and herbal supplements.

Qualitative research methods are used to conduct a basic, interpretive inquiry situated in a critical, eco-feminist paradigm. In-depth, exploratory interviews of a diverse group of 15 doctors yield rich descriptions of their perspectives and impressions. Research participants are medical doctors trained in Internal Medicine, General Practice, or Family Practice, who work in central Arkansas as physicians, researchers, professors, and health policy advocates and administrators.

The goal of this inquiry is to seek a preliminary understanding of what context and research is needed to move toward integrative and equitable healthcare in Arkansas. Anticipated direct benefits include raised awareness among medical doctors of the value of CAM, increased discussion of CAM with medical colleagues and patients, and increased professional utilization of CAM in practice and research. Broader implications of this research relate to patient health, public safety, and social justice. Finally, this study is significant because it advances the holistic paradigms and global consciousness that undergird natural, alternative medicine.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jones, Constance A.
Commitee: Gill-Saeltzer, Surinder, Jones, Camille A., M'Panya, Mutombo
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Multicultural Education, Alternative Medicine, Sustainability
Keywords: Arkansas, Complementary alternative medicine (cam), Health equality, Integrative healthcare, Physician perspectives, Transformative learning
Publication Number: 3554860
ISBN: 978-1-267-95506-7
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