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The Ullrich-Hodge Alternative Therapy Assessment Model: Teaching Students to Evaluate Patients for Use, Motivation, and Risks

Ullrich, Susan EdD, RN; Hodge, Peggy EdD, RN


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:, California State University, Sacramento,

Peggy Hodge, EdD, RN, Clinical Nurse Scientist, e-mail:, University of California, Davis Medical Center, and Assistant Professor, California State University, Sacramento.

© 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.