The Interface Between Tradition and Science:Naturopaths' Perspectives of Modern Practice

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
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Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2011, 17 (10), pp. 967 - 972
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Objectives: Although there has been much international commentary, little is known about the interface between traditional knowledge and scientific research in modern naturopathic practice. This study aimed to explore this interface from the perspective of naturopaths. Design: Semistructured interviews were conducted with naturopaths in current practice. The participants were selected using purposive sampling, and the data from the interviews were interpreted using thematic analysis. Settings/location: Interviews were conducted in a place suitable to each participant. Subjects: Twelve (12) naturopaths in current clinical practice were interviewed. The participants represented a diversity of characteristics including gender, time in practice, level of qualification, and clinical contact hours per week.
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