Using Alternative Therapies: A Qualitative Analysis

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Canadian Scholars Press (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551302640

This book provides a distinctive sociological inquiry into the perspectives and social issues surrounding the use of alternative therapies. Dr. Low presents the experiences of twenty-one Canadians who use alternative approaches to health care. Her study foregrounds the lay perspective by using a symbolic interactionist approach, which emphasises individuals? own understanding of reality as a basis for their actions. Dr. Low analyses how and why the participants in the study came to use alternative therapies; the ideologies informing the models of health and healing they espouse; the impact these beliefs have on them, and the implications of their experiences for Canadian health care policy.