ABOUT THIS COURSE:
SUMMARY The use of folk medicine can be attributed to different societies' beliefs and values regarding health and illness. The use of folk medicine, along with other forms of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM), has increased in recent years for various reasons, including its use in children. Because of the growing population of children who are being exposed to unproven and potentially unsafe practices, it is essential for nurses and practitioners to become educated regarding the folk medicine remedies used within specific ethnic communities. In doing so, unsafe and fatal practices can be identified, and practitioners may instead be able to incorporate a blend of folk and Western medicine into the patients plan of care. Additionally, discusses the origins and applications of folk remedies among different cultures, and developing cultural awareness in pediatric medicine. Identifies potentially harmful folk remedies, and points out how to appropriately counsel families about folk remedies. Stipulates how alternative belief systems affect compliance with modern, scientific medical regimens.LEARNING OUTCOMES: The goal of this program is for the registered nurse to apply to his/her practice an understanding of folk medicine as practiced by several ethnic groups, the origins and applications of certain folk remedies among different cultures, development of cultural awareness in pediatric medicine, identifying potentially harmful remedies and an ability to appropriately counsel families about the use of folk medicine and complementary alternative medicine (CAM) , as well as learning to explain how alternative belief systems affect compliance with Western, scientific medical regimens.