Complementary therapies and diabetes

Dunning, Trisha 2003, Complementary therapies and diabetes, Complementary therapies in nursing and midwifery, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 74-80, doi: 10.1016/S1353-6117(02)00143-9.

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Title Complementary therapies and diabetes
Author(s) Dunning, TrishaORCID iD for Dunning, Trisha
Journal name Complementary therapies in nursing and midwifery
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 74
End page 80
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2003-05
ISSN 1353-6117
Keyword(s) diabetes
Summary There is increasing recognition that people with diabetes use a range of complementary therapies (CT), for a number of conditions, but do not always inform their conventional health practitioners about their use. Controlling blood glucose levels in people with diabetes is important to reduce the consequent metabolic abnormalities and symptoms and the incidence of long-term complications. Conventional medical and nursing practitioners often incorrectly assume that they are used to control blood glucose levels, e.g. using herbal medicines to increase insulin production or reduce insulin resistance. CT can be beneficial for people with diabetes. They can also lead to adverse events. This paper describes the outcome of monitoring complementary therapy use in our diabetic outpatient services in 2001, the results of a focus group (n=10) to explore issues identified in the monitoring process and a survey undertaken with a convenience sample of diabetes educators (n=40).

Twenty percent of patients used CT and there were three adverse events in the monitoring phase. Eight of the 10 focus group participants used CT and 16 of the diabetes educators used CT in patient care. Only one had a complementary therapy qualification.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1353-6117(02)00143-9
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Elsevier Science Ltd
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