Americans are increasingly turning to complementary and alternative medical therapies as a way of maintaining or improving their health. As with other treatment modalities, nurses have a responsibility to implement the nursing process as it relates to the use of alternative therapies. This article introduces a model for identifying patients who use alternative therapies and evaluating their knowledge base, motivation, and degree of risk.
Susan Ullrich, EdD, RN, Assistant Professor, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, California State University, Sacramento,
Peggy Hodge, EdD, RN, Clinical Nurse Scientist, e-mail: email@example.com, University of California, Davis Medical Center, and Assistant Professor, California State University, Sacramento.