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complementary therapies, holism, paradigm, reductionism



  1. Kubsch, Sylvia PhD
  2. O'Shaughnessy, Judy BSN
  3. Carrick, Jennifer MSN
  4. Willihnganz, Troy AD
  5. Henricks-Soderberg, Lori AD
  6. Sloan, Sarah A. BSN


The purpose of this study was to examine acceptance of change of the healthcare paradigm from reductionism to holism among consumers of healthcare, physicians, and registered nurses. Inaccuracy in perception of acceptance of the holistic paradigm can limit conversation about and use of complementary therapies. Study results did not show a significant difference in acceptance of change between the 3 groups.