Alternative medicine

Nurses’ Use of Holistic, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine Methods for COVID-19-Related Anxiety

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Altern Ther Health Med. April 15, 2022: AT7206. Online ahead of print.


INTRODUCTION: Background • Healthcare professionals are experiencing physical and mental fatigue, emotional disturbances and sleep issues due to the stress experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. As in most epidemics and pandemics, nurses are at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus and have experienced high levels of anxiety. People can use many methods to cope with stressful situations, including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

INTRODUCTION: Objective • The study aimed to assess the anxiety levels of nurses about COVID-19 during the peak period of its second wave in Turkey and to examine the methods they used to cope with this anxiety as well as their attitudes towards CAMs.

INTRODUCTION: Design • The research team designed a descriptive and cross-sectional study.

INTRODUCTION: Background • The study was conducted in a training and research hospital in the Aegean region of Turkey between February 2021 and May 2021, during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

INTRODUCTION: Participants • The participants were 168 nurses working in the hospital.

INTRODUCTION: Outcome measures • Data were collected using the Sociodemographic Information Form, the Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (CAS) and the Holistic Complementary and Alternative Health Questionnaire (HCAMQ), which has two sub-dimensions, CAM and holistic health (HH).

INTRODUCTION: Results • A significant relationship was found between the unit where the nurses worked and their scores on the CAM sub-dimension (P

INTRODUCTION: Conclusions • This study found that it may be beneficial for nurses to apply complementary methods to reduce their anxiety, as it is unclear how long the COVID-19 pandemic will continue. Related to these findings, it is extremely important to identify psychological symptoms and determine priorities for solving these problems in nurses. Therefore, it is recommended that nurses identify their anxieties about COVID-19 and use complementary methods to manage their anxieties.