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Enfermería Global

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CEOLIN, T. et al. Inserción de terapias complementarias en el sistema único de salud atendiendo al cuidado integral en la asistencia. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2009, n.16. ISSN 1695-6141.

The aim of this study is to discuss complementary therapies in Brazil looking towards comprehensive individual care and the nurse’s professional inclusion in this practice. The biomedical model is based in the traditional medical vision, taking into account only biological factors. The interest in complementary therapies as opposed to the present model and allopathic practices is on the increase, and the general population has shown a growing interest in them. These practices aim essentially at comprehensive care, promoting the assisted individual’s health. In 2006 the Brazilian Ministry of Health implemented the National Policy of Comprehensive and Complementary Practices in the Unified Health System seeking comprehensive care. Because nursing aims at the individual’s comprehensive care, complementary therapies coincide with this view, reshaping the idea the professional has about the individual, seeing him as a whole and indivisible being.

Keywords : Terapias complementarias; plantas medicinales; enfermería; cuidado integral.

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