A client with osteoarthritis purchased a copper bracelet to wear and tells the nurse that there is less pain now. Which response by the nurse is most appropriate?
1.Tell the client to remove the bracelet because it does not have any therapeutic value.
2.Warn the client not to spend any more money on quackery such as bracelets.
3.Instruct the client to remove the bracelet because the copper in it can interfere with salicylate metabolism.
4.Acknowledge that the client feels better, but encourage the client to continue with the prescribed therapy.
The nurse should acknowledge that the client feels better but should also remind the client to continue his drug therapy and other self-care activities of rest, exercise, joint protection, and adequate nutrition. Wearing the bracelet is not harmful, and the nurse should not instruct the client to remove it or label it quackery. Copper bracelets do not interfere with salicylate metabolism.
CN: Psychosocial adaptation; CL: Synthesize