This thesis explores the practices of physicians in Wayne, Holmes, and Stark counties to determine whether or not they are incorporating alternative therapies into their practices to create a more holistic approach to health care. This study was accomplished in two stages. The first stage was the distribution of questionnaires to all of the physicians in Wayne, Holmes and Stark counties (156 physicians). The questionnaires included information on the physicians, their practices, the techniques they incorporate, their patient practitioner relationships and their personal beliefs and experiences. Eight-five physicians returned the survey for a response rate of 54%. The second part of the research involved interviewing nine of the physicians who responded to the survey, in order to add a personal perspective to the questionnaire. The results showed that many of the physicians incorporate methods of holistic treatment into their practices. The general frequency of use of alternative medical treatments was low. There was a higher rate in the use of alternative therapies, in the category of physicians who classified their practices as holistic. Very few studies have been done on alternative medicine in the United States. There is a great deal of opportunity for future research into alternative and holistic medicine.


McConnell, David


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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