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Alternative health practices in ethnically diverse rural areas: a collaborative research project
Health Soc Work
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 1997
Pages: 95 - 100
Source ID: shanti-sources-68786
Abstract: Many alternative health practices are gaining popularity in traditional medical centers throughout the country. However, social workers and allied health professionals are rarely educated in these practices. The collaborative pilot research project discussed in this article involved community health providers and a state university department of social work. The project, conducted in rural health clinics, introduced an approach to skillful, safe, and appropriate use of touch synthesized with an awareness of the breath for giver and receiver to a group of Mexican Americans diagnosed with diabetes and their families. This alternative health practice holds promise for reducing stress, promoting health and well-being, and building relationships and warrants further study.