Project Title

Attitudes, Beliefs, Knowledge, and Use of complementary/alternative therapies among US Geriatric Nurse Practitioners

Name of Award

Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

Date Awarded

3-1-2012

Department/School

Holistic Health Studies

Project Description

Carol Geisler, Ph.D., R.N and Corjena Cheung, Ph.D., R.N. have been awarded a $1,500 Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities grant to pursue Complementary/Alternative Therapy (C/AT) research in geriatric patients.

Many older adults include CA/T in their health self-management and it is imperative for their primary care providers to be aware of their usage. Geriatric Nurse Practitioners are often are the primary health care providers for this population. This project is designed to survey all Geriatric Nurse Practitioners in the U.S. to assess their attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and use of C/AT, and explore when and how Geriatric Nurse Practitioners engage in dialogue with their patients about their C/AT use. A cross-sectional electronic survey will be sent to all members of the Geriatric Advanced Nurse Practitioners Association (GAPNA). The survey includes both quantitative and qualitative data that will be analyzed. Geriatric Nurse Practitioner’s attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and use of C/AT as well as how C/AT is communicated between Geriatric Nurse Practitioners and their patients will be described. Inferential statistics will be used to determine significant correlations between demographic variables and C/AT use, and factors that are predictive of C/AT communication.

For more information, contact Dr. Carol Geisler at ccgeisler@stkate.edu

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