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Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines




Half the Australian population uses some form of complementary therapy at some time. Therefore, it is no longer acceptable to ignore the use of complementary therapies in health care settings, particularly as many people bring their own therapies into hospital, or recommence them after they are discharged. It is appropriate then, to consider complementary therapies as part of the total assessment and management of individuals. The growing interest in and use of complementary therapies acknowledges the increasing evidence for the effect of an individual’s psychological and emotional status on their physical wellbeing .The widespread use of, and interest in, complementary therapies in the community is reflected in the increasing number of nurses and health professionals undertaking complementary therapy courses and using complementary therapies in patient care. This chapter deals with the development of policies for the workplace. Descriptions of the process of developing complementary therapy guidelines for a large teaching hospital, commencing with the rationale for the use of guidelines are included. As is the development process and some of the difficulties encountered. The format and content areas are presented, along with a plan for evaluating its effectiveness.


Contents include

  • why develop guidelines?
  • what are guidelines?
  • considerations for the development of guidelines at St Vincent’s
  • process followed in developing guidelines
  • content areas and format of the guidelines.
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Diabetes, PhD MEd GradDipEd (Health) RN
Professor Trisha Dunning, OAM, PhD, is the inaugural Chair in Nursing (Barwon Health) and Director of the Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research Deakin University, positions she has held since 2007. She has an international reputation in diabetes research and clinical practice, and is a member of many diabetes, medicine, complementary therapy and nursing committees. Trisha is a Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and Chair of the IDF Consultative Section on Diabetes Education. She is also a member of the Board of Diabetes Australia-Victoria. Trisha was made a ...

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