ABSTRACT FORMAT - Salena Booker 04-21-2009 NSG 110 Magazine...

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Salena Booker 04-21-2009 NSG 110 Magazine Article Summary Abstract Format ARTICLE TITLE Evolution of a Policy Disallowing the Use of Alternative Therapies in a Health System AUTHOR (S) Paul C. Walker MAGAZINE TITLE American Society of Health System Pharmacists DATE OF MAGAZINE 2000 SUMMARY OF ARTICLE Should patients be allowed to continue using alternative therapies such as herbal or dietary supplements when they are admitted into the hospital? This question has raised some controversy throughout the healthcare profession especially for hospital committees and staff who are liable for a patient that is under their care during hospitalization. This controversy became public during a review conducted by the pharmacy and therapeutic committee at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 1997, which is an affiliation to the Detroit Medical Center. The review was initiated when a young minor patient and the parents of the minor wanted to continue to use the alternative therapy that they used for the child at home and integrate it into the care during the child’s hospitalization. This policy approved the use of alternative therapies during a hospital stay under a physician’s discretion and orders. The policy was intended to maintain the patients rights but could have negative consequences to the patients professional care team. Therefore, a policy banning use of alternative therapies was drafted in order to protect the safety of all parties involved with monitoring and administration of such therapies. Over the years, alternative therapies have become more popularly used and accepted by consumers. The American Society of Health estimates that consumers are increasingly spending billions of dollars each year on herbal dietary supplements, megavitamin therapy and other therapies. A survey conducted in 1997 revealed that more than 1/5 of those people using alternative therapies were also taking prescription
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