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Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia

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Abstract

MANZINI, Thaise; MARTINEZ, Edson Zangiacomi  and  CARVALHO, Antonio Carlos Duarte de. Knowledge, beliefs and practices toward alternative and complementary therapies among speech-language pathologists. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.2, pp. 304-314. ISSN 1415-790X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-790X2008000200012.

The purpose of this study is to understand the knowledge, beliefs, concerns and practices toward alternative and complementary therapies among speech-language pathologists in a Brazilian public hospital. The current study was conducted in a large tertiary hospital in Ribeirão Preto, Southeastern Brazil. A questionnaire developed to measure knowledge, beliefs and practices on alternative and complementary therapies was answered by forty speech-language pathologists. The questionnaire items were created via literature review. Alternative and complementary therapies as acupuncture and homeopathy have high acceptance among the interviewed professionals. The results of the present study suggest that the use and practice of these techniques are made in a rational manner, with some prudence. The interviewed professionals admit that complementary treatment must be submitted to scientific tests before its acceptance, and that it is inadvisable for the patient to try treatment with alternative and complementary medicine before consulting a doctor.

Keywords : Alternative and complementary therapies; Speech-language pathology; Knowledge; Beliefs.

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