Objective: The objective of the study was to evaluate the use and attitudes of nurse-midwives in Israel toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Study Design: In a cross-sectional study, nurse-midwives from 5 Israeli medical centers completed the CAM Health Belief Questionnaire, a validated tool examining data regarding personal health behavior, use of CAM therapies, and attitudes toward CAM. Results: One hundred seventy-three of 238 potential respondents completed the questionnaires (72.7%). Most (87.3%) reported using CAM (67.1% massage, 48.6% herbal medicine, 42.2% meditation, 40.5% touch therapies, and 39.9% prayer) and agree with many fundamental tenets of CAM such as the existence of energy forces, self-healing, and integrating patients' health beliefs and values into their care. Conclusion: The majority of nurse-midwives studied reported using and recommending CAM to their patients and believe that CAM can complement conventional medical therapies. Health care providers could benefit from education with regard to the efficacy and safety of CAM modalities during pregnancy and childbirth.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
R.Y.Z.-R. was supported by National Institutes of Health postdoctoral Grant T32PH10010 .
- complementary and alternative medicine