Complementary and Alternative Medicine in New Zealand

1024 Words Feb 19th, 2018 4 Pages
”Complementary and alternative medicine is a broad domain of healing resources and techniques that encompass all health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period. CAM includes all such practices and ideas self-defined by their users as preventing or treating illness or promoting well-being” (O'Connor, Calabrese, & Cardena, 1997). This definition is used by the New Zealand health system as advised by the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Complementary and Alternative Health (MACCAH) (2004).

New Zealand is lacking CAM research with the results of the 2013 National Census not yet available. The last National Census figures on CAM were conducted between 2006 and 2007 and reveal little about the social and psychological dynamics that motivate clients to use CAM (Ministry of Health, 2008). How could I explore this process? My first choice is for grounded theory methodology based on the interpretive paradigm.

Interpretive research focuses on how meanings are constructed and maintained by individuals and groups within different social and historical contexts. As Rubin and Rubin (2012) suggest, qualitative interviewers examine the complexity of the real world by exploring multiple…