The purpose of this case study is to explore the reasons for the growing use of herbal medicine in New York City. To address the research question—How do Americans living in New York experience the use of herbal medicine?—the snowball technique was used to unearth the reasons behind the increase in herbal medicine use. Ten Americans living in New York City, aged 25 to 65 participated in the study. Participants responded to survey questionnaires and open-ended interview questions. Participants were asked to express their individual perceptions of herbal medicine use as either complementary or alternative to conventional medicine. Data were analyzed within a personal context and with reference to the other data sources. Analysis revealed that family influence and medication side effects are major contributors to the observed trend in the increase of patient’s use of natural or herbal medicine. The study may help healthcare leaders to integrate alternative and herbal medicine uses in the New York City’s health care delivery system. Future researchers may replicate this study in New York City or similar metropolitan areas of the United States with emphasis on cross-cultural discourse as a means of identifying the health concerns of differing ethnic groups.
|Commitee:||Uzonwanne, Francis, Nunn, Sandra|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Alternative Medicine, Medical Ethics, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Complementary and alternative medicine, Ethics, Health administration, Orthodox medicine, Traditional medicine|
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