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Patients of an interdisciplinary cancer treatment centre: use of, knowledge about, and demand for CAM treatment options


Eustachi, A; Pajtler, H; Linde, K; Melchart, D; Weidenhammer, W (2009). Patients of an interdisciplinary cancer treatment centre: use of, knowledge about, and demand for CAM treatment options. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 8(1):56-62.

Abstract

Objective: to assess the use of, knowledge about, and the demand for information concerning complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in cancer patients.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was performed on consecutive patients visiting the outpatient tumor treatment center of a university hospital at Munich, Germany. The authors used a questionnaire with questions on sociodemographics, tumor diagnosis and treatment, current symptoms, previous use of CAM, and expectations and attitudes with respect to CAM.

Results: 52% used at least 1 CAM method, 24% did not use CAM but asked for consultation, and 24% neither used CAM nor were interested; 59% rated CAM treatment as personally important; 76% and 34% described themselves as well informed about conventional treatment and CAM, respectively. Current CAM use was associated with higher degrees of information and subjective importance, and not suffering from lymphatic cancer and metastases.

Conclusions: CAM is a relevant topic for the care of cancer patients.

Abstract

Objective: to assess the use of, knowledge about, and the demand for information concerning complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in cancer patients.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was performed on consecutive patients visiting the outpatient tumor treatment center of a university hospital at Munich, Germany. The authors used a questionnaire with questions on sociodemographics, tumor diagnosis and treatment, current symptoms, previous use of CAM, and expectations and attitudes with respect to CAM.

Results: 52% used at least 1 CAM method, 24% did not use CAM but asked for consultation, and 24% neither used CAM nor were interested; 59% rated CAM treatment as personally important; 76% and 34% described themselves as well informed about conventional treatment and CAM, respectively. Current CAM use was associated with higher degrees of information and subjective importance, and not suffering from lymphatic cancer and metastases.

Conclusions: CAM is a relevant topic for the care of cancer patients.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Complementary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:March 2009
Deposited On:17 Mar 2009 16:18
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 19:18
Publisher:Integrative Cancer Therapies
ISSN:1534-7354
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1534735408327996

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