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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
On-line version ISSN 1980-220X
KUREBAYASHI, Leonice Fumiko Sato; FREITAS, Genival Fernandes de and OGUISSO, Taka. Nurses' perception about diseases that are treated by acupuncture. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.4, pp.930-936. ISSN 1980-220X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342009000400027.
The objective of this study was to identify and analyze nurses' perceptions about diseases that are treated by acupuncture, taking into consideration: (1) the diseases of nurses who had received acupuncture treatment; (2) nurses' diseases which might be treated by acupuncture; (3) suggestions of diseases treatable by acupuncture. This exploratory study was performed with 33 nurses working at 11 health units in southeast São Paulo; places in which acupuncture treatment was available. Results showed that acupuncture was mostly used for stress (10.7%), anxiety, migraines, lumbar pain, myoma and obesity (7.1% each). Acupuncture was suggested as treatments mostly for musculoskeletal diseases (42%), and chronic-degenerative diseases (10%).
Keywords : Acupuncture; Complementary therapies; Public health nursing.