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Chapter 08: Complementary and Alternative Therapies Test Bank

Chapter 08: Complementary and Alternative Therapies Test Bank

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Chapter 08: Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Test Bank
MULTIPLE CHOICE
1.   A patient with chronic back pain that is unrelieved by prescription analgesic medications asks a primary care nurse practitioner (NP) about acupuncture treatments. The NP should tell this patient:
a.

biofield therapy has been shown to be more effective than acupuncture.

b.

creatine has been shown to be an effective herbal choice to treat back pain.

c.

there is no valid research documenting the efficacy of this treatment for pain.

d.

most studies that show benefits of alternative therapies are based on observation.

2.   A primary care NP is aware that many patients in the community use herbal remedies to treat various conditions. The NP understands the importance of:
a.

learning about the actions, uses, doses, and toxicities of these agents.

b.

prescribing these agents when possible to ensure safe dosing.

c.

counseling patients to stop using herbal products to avoid toxic side effects.

d.

teaching patients that these products are unregulated and unsafe to use.

3.   A patient has been using an herbal supplement for 2 years that the primary care NP knows may have toxic side effects. The NP should:
a.

tell the patient to stop taking the supplement immediately.

b.

inform the patient of the risks of toxic side effects with this supplement.

c.

refer the patient to a CAM provider who can manage this patient’s therapy.

d.

prescribe another herbal drug that has fewer adverse effects than the one the patient is taking.

4.   A patient asks a primary care NP why herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA. The nurse practitioner should tell the patient these products are not regulated by the FDA because they are:
a.

natural, plant-based products and not man-made.

b.

not marketed as products that can treat or cure disease.

c.

regulated by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.

d.

covered by the Hatch-Richardson Bill of 1992, which allows them to make health claims without FDA approval.

5.   A patient is diagnosed with lupus and reports occasional use of herbal supplements. The primary care NP should caution this patient to avoid:
a.

ginseng.

b.

echinacea.

c.

ginkgo biloba.

d.

St. John’s wort.


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