Complementary Therapies

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Learning outcomes

To achieve this unit a learner must:

  1. Understand complementary therapies that can be used by users of health and social care services
  2. Understand the role of complementary therapies in relation to orthodox treatment
  3. Understand the role of complementary therapies in maintaining health and wellbeing Grade Grading criteria

Pass  P1 – explain the factors which affect access to complementary therapies (IE3; IE4; CT2; CT4).

P2 – explain how the use of complementary therapies is regulated

P3 – explain the principles and practices of complementary therapies (CT4)

P4 – explain the role of complementary therapies in relation to orthodox treatments (IE3; CT2; CT4)

P5 – explain the advantages and disadvantages of complementary therapies in maintaining health and wellbeing (IE3; CT2; CT4)

Merit M1 – discuss complementary therapies that are available for users of health and social care services

M2 – compare the role of two complementary therapies with those of more orthodox treatments

M3 – discuss the role of complementary in maintaining health and wellbeing

Distinction. D1 – evaluate the role of two complementary therapies

D2 – evaluate the effectiveness of two complementary therapies in maintaining health and wellbeing Student – a new complementary therapy clinic has opened and you’re appointed as the marketing manager for the clinic. Complete the following tasks to create the marketing information needed to establish the clinic and inform local people of the services that you offer.

Task 1

1a. You need to produce an information booklet (in A4 format) covering a range of complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) that can be used in health and social care. The booklet should include a description of two factors which influence access from the list below: (P1) Physical/geographic Socio-economic Cultural Education Referral systems

1b. You should also describe how they are made available and how they are administered (e. g. signs and symptoms, principles of administration, frequency / dosage of administration) (P1).

1c. The booklet should also explain how complementary therapies are regulated (e. g. legislation, code of ethics, code of practice, self regulation and enforcement). It should consider how effective these are at minimising risks. (P2)

Task 2

2a. Write a discussion which indicates what complementary therapies are available on the NHS, where these can be accessed, how they are used to complement orthodox medical treatments (M1).

Task 3

3a. Write a report which explains the principles and practices of complementary therapies. This report should cover the range of therapies that you discussed in your booklet. It should explain the ideas upon which the therapies are based (P3). 3b. The report should also explain how the CAMS work to affect/improve the client’s condition in relation to the use of orthodox medicine alone. Consider how they can help with mobility, pain, respiration, mental health and stress. Also consider how they can help clients with learning difficulties (choose either ADH or Autism) (P4).

3b. For two of the therapies that you have discussed, you need to directly compare the role of the CAM with that of the orthodox medical approach in treating clients. This can be added to your report. (M2)

3c. Evaluate the roles of the two therapies. You will need to research evidence (clinical studies etc) and make judgements based on the research as to how effective the role of CAM approach is. (D1)

Task 4.

Produce a Case Study of a client who comes into the complementary therapy clinic having been referred by their GP. Explain how CAM in general can be of benefit to the client (P5). Discuss in detail two therapies that are appropriate to be used with this particular client. Focus on the role that the therapies will have in helping to maintain their health and well-being (M3). Critically evaluate the role of the therapies in maintaining health and well-being (you will need to cite clinical studies as evidence for your judgements) (D2).

References:

  • Eisenberg, David M., et al. “Perceptions about complementary therapies relative to conventional therapies among adults who use both: results from a national survey.” Annals of internal medicine 135.5 (2001): 344-351.
  • Downer, S. M., et al. “Pursuit and practice of complementary therapies by cancer patients receiving conventional treatment.” Bmj 309.6947 (1994): 86-89.
  • Rao, Jaya K., et al. “Use of complementary therapies for arthritis among patients of rheumatologists.” Annals of internal medicine 131.6 (1999): 409-416.

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