Holistic Nursing Care: Theories and Perspectives
American Journal of Nursing Science
Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2013, Pages: 1-5
Received: Jan. 18, 2013; Published: Feb. 20, 2013
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Ioanna Papathanasiou, Nursing Department, Technological Educational Institute of Larissa, Greece
Melachrini Sklavou, General Hospital of Larissa, Greece
Lambrini Kourkouta, Nursing Department, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
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Abstract
Introduction: Holistic medicine and holistic nursing aim at the improvement of healing of the individual as a bio-psycho-social unity, from birth until death. Aim: To search for current data on the value and applications of holistic nursing, placing emphasis on the field of psychiatry. Literature review: International data bases and internet were searched (including Pubmed/Medline). Emphasis was placed on theoretical background, on alternative therapies and on the practical applications of holistic care. Conclusion: Holistic approach takes into account the biological, social and spiritual needs of the patient. A considerable number of alternative therapies can contribute to the management of psychiatric and other diseases.
Keywords
Holistic Care; Nursing; Psychiatry; Alternative Therapies
To cite this article
Ioanna Papathanasiou, Melachrini Sklavou, Lambrini Kourkouta, Holistic Nursing Care: Theories and Perspectives, American Journal of Nursing Science. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.11648/j.ajns.20130201.11
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