Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award




Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. Sandra Cleveland

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Catherine Garner

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Linda Gibson


Stroke, also known as CVA or cerebrovascular accident, is a major chronic disease worldwide. In the United States, it is the leading cause of disability, costing a billion dollars each year (CDC, 2017). Typically, Western medicine is used for the treatment of stroke in the United States. An approach that has potential to improve general health outcomes, movement, mobility, aphasia, and quality of life includes acupuncture along with the standard therapies. The purpose of this quantitative research was to determine if the staff of a rehabilitation hospital would have a change in attitude after an educational program on acupuncture. The population receiving the educational program were physicians, nurses, therapists, and caseworkers on the stroke unit of a rehabilitation hospital. The evaluation tool was the Integrative Medicine Attitude Questionnaire (IMAQ). Data collection was done using the pretest–posttest method. Statistical analysis was done by analyzing data using the Wilcoxon signed ranks test. Conclusions were provided to discern if there was a change in attitude after the educational session on acupuncture.

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