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Title: Management of depression by homeopathic practitioners in Sydney, Australia
Contributor(s): Makich, Lillian (author); Hussain, Rafat  (author); Harris-Humphries, Judy  (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2006.09.007
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Abstract: Objectives: The study investigates the demographic profile, caseload and treatment for depression provided by homeopathic practitioners in Australia. Design: A postal survey comprising a self-administered questionnaire which included a combination of close-ended and open-ended response categories. Setting: The questionnaire was mailed to 128 homeopathic practitioners working in the metropolitan areas of Sydney, Australia. Results: The demographic profile of the respondents showed that most were in the 45–50 year age group, and female practitioners comprised 68% of the sample. Symptoms of depression reported in the homeopathic practice had parallel description of symptoms listed in the ICD-10. Overall, treatment of mental health disorders, such as depression, grief, anxiety and phobia were a significant feature of the practice caseload of the respondents. Eighty-four percent of the respondents had patients presenting for homeopathic treatment that were also receiving some form of external therapy, most commonly antidepressant medications. Sixty percent of the respondents incorporated 'concurrent' therapies in the treatment approach, most commonly counselling, nutrition and lifestyle management. Conclusion: The paper shows that most homeopathic practitioners provide a pluralistic approach to management of depression which is in accordance with principles of holistic care. The implications of the research findings are discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 15(3), p. 199-206
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1873-6963
Field of Research (FOR): 111709 Health Care Administration
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920410 Mental Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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