Homeopathy enables rheumatoid arthritis patients to cope with their chronic ill health: A qualitative study of patient's perceptions of the homeopathic consultation
IACH - Prof. G. Vithoulkas
Homeopathy enables rheumatoid arthritis patients to cope with their chronic ill health: A qualitative study of patient's perceptions of the homeopathic consultation
  • Author(s)

    Sarah B.Brien , Geraldine M.Leydon, George Lewith

    Journal

    Patient Education and Counseling Volume 89, Issue 3, December 2012, Pages 507-516, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2011.11.008

    Abstract

    Objective
    The role of the consultation in mediating improved clinical outcomes has been demonstrated in both conventional and complementary medicine but to date no depth study has explored how complementary medical consultations achieve such benefits. This study explored rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients’ perceptions of the homeopathic consultation including any perceived benefit.

    Methods
    Qualitative study nested within a placebo-controlled multi-centre trial assessing adjunctive homeopathic intervention for RA. In-depth face to face interviews (with 16 participants) were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis.

    Results
    RA participants perceived homeopathic consultations helped them cope better through either enabling improved physical health, wellbeing and/or illness management. Four themes associated with improved coping were: receiving emotional support; exploring the illness; exploring self; and gaining advice. Exploring the wider narrative of their illness, enabled participants to address their individual needs and for some, this process of increased awareness changed their perception resulting in the perceived benefits.

    Conclusion
    Homeopathic consultations enable RA patient to cope better.

    Practice implications
    Homeopathic consultations may provide an additional resource for RA patients. Identifying and employing the “active ingredients” that confer benefit may be appropriate for other clinicians to maximise patient benefits from consultations.

    Keywords
    Consultation, Homeopathy, Rheumatoid arthritis, Qualitative, Patient's experiences, Interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Category: Human Studies

    External url

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0738399111005714?via%3Dihub

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