What CAM practitioners are recommending for acute respiratory tract infection in children, and parent motivation for utilising these services?

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Internationally, lower ARTI is the leading cause of paediatric mortality. Internationally, it is common for children to have 6-8 episodes of ARTI per year. Australian’s have 3.2 cases of ARTI per year with the largest proportion of this population being children. ARTI is the most common reason for children to be admitted to hospital. So what treatments are being utilised by CAM practitioners for ARTI and why are parents using CAM practitioners?

Using qualitative descriptive approach, this research, conducted in Greater Melbourne, Australia, recruited CAM practitioners that treated children for ARTI. Practitioners’ perspectives were captured using individual semi-structured interviews, which were then transcribed verbatim. Several strategies to improve trustworthiness were implemented.

Twenty-four practitioners (75% female; age 31-60) participated in semi-structured interviews. The experience of the practitioners ranged from 1 year to 36 years from different modalities Naturopaths (54%), Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners (20%), Osteopaths (8%), and Anthroposophic, Ayurvedic, Chiropractor, Homeopaths (4%). The findings from this research indicate common treatments utilised by all one such as food as medicine. Lifestyle changes were an important management for all practitioners. The 95% of practitioner would refer onto General Medical practitioner, if required.

The practitioners commonly explored nutrition/diet and lifestyle. Parent primarily visited CAM practitioner because of word of mouth, the practitioner had successfully treated some they knew.

The safety of the children was a high priority to practitioners. There were many common elements to treatment and management for ARTI in children.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2019
Event11th International Conference on Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine: Traditional Wisdom, Future Practice - Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 29 Mar 201931 Mar 2019
Conference number: 11


Conference11th International Conference on Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine
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