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What to Say When Your Patients Ask You About Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Westley, Cynthia Jean RN, MSN, ANP-C

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There is an increasing interest in the variety of healers and treatments considered as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Care managers often encourage patients to take an active role in their self-care. The approach to self-care may include CAM. Care managers need to understand CAM and help patients become educated consumers in order to enhance their health and quality of life.

Cynthia Jean Westley, RN, MSN, ANP-C, is a Community Care Manager at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is involved with the development, implementation, and evaluation of care management activities across the continuum of care. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing and has earned a Certificate in Holistic Nursing from the American Holistic Nursing Association. She brings an integrative, self-care approach to her practice and educational offerings.

Address for reprints: Cynthia Jean Westley, RN, MSN, ANP-C, University of Virginia Health System, McKim Box 800566, Charlottesville, VA 22908; e-mail

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