The attitudes of nursing students regarding the complementary and alternative medicine

Rev. eletrônica enferm; 18 (), 2016
Publication year: 2016

The aim of this study was to determine the attitudes of nursing students towards complementary and alternative medicine. The sample consists of voluntary students (n=152) who had been present at school at the date of data collection. The data was collected via a questionnaire prepared by researchers and also via the “Holistic Complementary and Alternative Medicine Questionnaire (HCAMQ) which was developed by Hyland et al. (2003). The mean age of students was 20.09±1.6 (min=17, max=24). The mean score of scale was 25.41 ± 5.25 (min=11, max=45). The total score average of the first graders was 24.77±5.46, and of the last graders was 27.1±4.26. The difference between them was found to be statistically significant (t=- 2.482, p=0.014). It is detected that more than half of the student nurses have no information about complementary and alternative medicine and that last graders, compared to the first graders, have a more negative attitude towards CAM applications.