More often, clients are asking for complementary and alternative health care (CAHC). CAHC includes treatments or interventions not generally considered part of "mainstream" health practice in B.C. "Complementary" practices are those used along with mainstream health care. "Alternative" practices are used in place of mainstream health care practices.
You have a professional obligation to provide safe, competent nursing care. This duty extends to activities associated with CAHC. Your responsibilities to clients remain the same whether providing complementary, alternative or mainstream nursing care.
Clients trust nurses’ opinions and may ask you for information about specific CAHC practices. You may also recommend or provide care considered complementary or alternative. Here are some important points to keep in mind:
For more information and related resources, see the Complementary and Alternative Health fact sheet.
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