FEATURESA Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Patients With IBS-CParlar Kılıc, Serap PhD, RN; Kılıç, Nermin PhD; Sevinç, Sibel PhD, RN; Demirel, Cihat PhDAuthor Information Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, İnönü University, Malatya, Turkey (Dr Parlar Kılıc); Nursing Department, Bingöl University, Bingöl, Turkey (Dr Kılıç); Vocational School of Health Services, Muş Alparslan University, Muş, Turkey (Dr Demirel); and Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, School of Health, Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey (Dr Sevinç). Correspondence: Serap Parlar Kılıc, PhD, RN, Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, İnönü University, 44210 Malatya, Turkey ([email protected]). The authors thank the participants who willingly participated and gave their time to this study. The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. Holistic Nursing Practice: May/June 2020 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 171-179 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000383 Buy Metrics Abstract The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among patients with constipation irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C). This qualitative study consisted of a total of 30 patients who were admitted to a university hospital in Turkey. Data were collected using a descriptive questionnaire and a semistructured interview. Data analysis identified 5 main themes: (1) the constipation-associated difficulties experienced because of IBS; (2) the feeling that CAM is natural and useful; (3) the effect of environmental stimuli in preferring the use of CAM; (4) the feeling that CAM is not negative and relieves symptoms; and (5) suggesting the use of CAM. In conclusion, it was determined that all the patients with IBS-C used various CAM methods. It may be recommended that health care professionals should raise awareness among patients about CAM methods that may be useful. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.