Survey of parental acceptance of massage therapy, energy therapy and acupuncture for their children in the acute pediatric inpatient rehabilitation setting

Suzanne Rybczynski, Elana Katz, Scott Schultz, Cynthia F Salorio

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Objective To examine factors that influence parents' decision to accept or decline complementary therapies on an inpatient rehabilitation unit. Design/Setting Parents of children aged 2–21 admitted for acute pediatric rehabilitation were provided a survey regarding their child's use of massage, energy therapy and acupuncture during admission. They were also asked about religious beliefs, education, perceived severity of injury and perceived response to the therapies. The study was conducted on the Inpatient Acute Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Results Of those who completed the survey (n = 38), 39% accepted massage services, 49% accepted energy therapy, and 16% accepted acupuncture for their child. Acceptance of massage services was significantly correlated with belonging to an organized religion (p 

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalComplementary Therapies in Medicine
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016



  • Acupuncture
  • Energy
  • Massage
  • Parent
  • Pediatric
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Complementary and Manual Therapy

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