Applying a quality use of medicines framework to using essential oils in nursing practice

Dunning, Trisha 2005, Applying a quality use of medicines framework to using essential oils in nursing practice, Complementary therapies in clinical practice, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 172-181, doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2005.02.004.

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Title Applying a quality use of medicines framework to using essential oils in nursing practice
Author(s) Dunning, TrishaORCID iD for Dunning, Trisha
Journal name Complementary therapies in clinical practice
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 172
End page 181
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2005-08
ISSN 1744-3881
Keyword(s) aromatherapy
essential oils
Summary Nurses are increasingly incorporating complementary therapies into their practices. Aromatherapy is one of the most popular therapies. The basis of aromatherapy is essential oils, which are chemically active substances with a long history of safe traditional use and a growing evidence base to support their use in nursing care. In Australia, essential oils are classified and regulated under the same policies as conventional medicines such as the National Medicines Policy and the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) framework applies. QUM is a framework for selecting and using medicines safely and effectively if medicines are indicated. The key elements of QUM are a systems-based approach to using medicines based on relevant evidence, partnerships, and informed client consent. Clients are placed at the centre of a QUM medication management process, which is consistent with holistic care. Applying a QUM approach to essential oil use, Quality Use of Essential Oils (QUEO), involves developing effective systems for managing essential oils from an holistic perspective that includes structured assessment and diagnostic processes to enable effective essential oil prescribing and outcome monitoring. In a QUEO approach, essential oils are integrated into the client's overall medication regimen and care plan rather than being used as ‘add-ons’. Adopting QUEO is consistent with the current national focus on the quality use of therapeutic substances, increases the profile of aromatherapy in nursing care and provides important information to guide future aromatherapy practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ctcp.2005.02.004
Field of Research 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier Ltd
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