A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Patients With IBS-C

Parlar Kilic S., Kilic N., SEVİNÇ S., Demirel C.

HOLISTIC NURSING PRACTICE, cilt.34, ss.171-179, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 34 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1097/hnp.0000000000000383
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.171-179


The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among patients with constipation irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C). This qualitative study consisted of a total of 30 patients who were admitted to a university hospital in Turkey. Data were collected using a descriptive questionnaire and a semistructured interview. Data analysis identified 5 main themes: (1) the constipation-associated difficulties experienced because of IBS; (2) the feeling that CAM is natural and useful; (3) the effect of environmental stimuli in preferring the use of CAM; (4) the feeling that CAM is not negative and relieves symptoms; and (5) suggesting the use of CAM. In conclusion, it was determined that all the patients with IBS-C used various CAM methods. It may be recommended that health care professionals should raise awareness among patients about CAM methods that may be useful.