Purpose: To explore why Alaskans choose to pursue complementary medicine as a
healthcare option. Design: Qualitative Descriptive. Method: A purposive convenient
recruitment methodology was used to recruit project participants. Focus groups were
conducted to collect the research data. Findings: Five themes were identified that
highlighted why participants use complementary medicine: 1) dissatisfaction, 2)
effective, 3) holistic, 4) relationship focused, and 5) a personal journey
Presented to the Faculty
of the University of Alaska Anchorage
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
for the Degree of
MASTERS OF SCIENCE
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