CAM Therapy- Mental Health

A recent study carried out in Sweden and published in the Journal, Issues in Mental Health Nursing investigates the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Psychiatric Units in Sweden.

Mental illness has been termed the pandemic of the 21st century. Many people who suffer with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems consult CAM therapy. This study is based on a survey which was distributed to all heads of private and public healthcare units treating patients with psychiatric symptoms across Sweden in 2019. The outcomes of the study identified that the main motivations for CAM use were symptom relief, meeting patients’ requests and a reduced demand for drug therapy. The study confirms the need for further research about CAM and for CAM education and training among healthcare workers.

Reference: The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Psychiatric Units in Sweden, Maria Warrell, Ann Olsson, Kajsa Landgren, Issues in Mental Health, 2020

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