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Defining criteria for guiding cancer patients to find a reputable complementary medicine provider: Results of a literature review and a consensus procedure


Rogge, Alizé A; Baur, Isabel; Blettner, Gabriele; Holtkamp, Ulrike; Horneber, Markus; Jahn, Patrick; Joos, Stefanie; Keberle, Silva; Kettelgerdes, Anita; Klemperer, David; Längler, Alfred; Voiß, Petra; Weis, Joachim; Witt, Claudia M (2020). Defining criteria for guiding cancer patients to find a reputable complementary medicine provider: Results of a literature review and a consensus procedure. Patient Preference and Adherence, 14:747-755.

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Purpose: Even in cases of positive evidence for complementary medicine (CM) therapies, it is still difficult for cancer patients to identify reputable providers. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a criteria list to provide guidance to cancer patients seeking a reputable CM provider.
Methods: The design combined a literature review, an expert consensus procedure (n=15) and an assessment from three stakeholder perspectives (patients (n=18), CM providers (n=26) and oncology physicians (n=20)).
Results: A total of 30 existing CM criteria were extracted from the literature, and 12 more were added by the experts. The main challenge was to define criteria that could easily be applied by the patients. A final comprehensive list of 8 criteria guiding cancer patients to find a reputable CM provider was developed.
Conclusion: Health professionals and cancer information services might find the criteria list helpful when aiming to strengthen patients’ awareness of quality-related factors associated with CM providers. The criteria developed might be helpful when standards are established for quality assurance in CM in oncology.

Abstract

Purpose: Even in cases of positive evidence for complementary medicine (CM) therapies, it is still difficult for cancer patients to identify reputable providers. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a criteria list to provide guidance to cancer patients seeking a reputable CM provider.
Methods: The design combined a literature review, an expert consensus procedure (n=15) and an assessment from three stakeholder perspectives (patients (n=18), CM providers (n=26) and oncology physicians (n=20)).
Results: A total of 30 existing CM criteria were extracted from the literature, and 12 more were added by the experts. The main challenge was to define criteria that could easily be applied by the patients. A final comprehensive list of 8 criteria guiding cancer patients to find a reputable CM provider was developed.
Conclusion: Health professionals and cancer information services might find the criteria list helpful when aiming to strengthen patients’ awareness of quality-related factors associated with CM providers. The criteria developed might be helpful when standards are established for quality assurance in CM in oncology.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Complementary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Medicine (miscellaneous)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Life Sciences > Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)
Health Sciences > Health Policy
Uncontrolled Keywords:neoplasms, complementary medicine, patient-centered care, standards, healthcare quality assurance
Language:English
Date:1 April 2020
Deposited On:03 Feb 2021 14:55
Last Modified:09 Feb 2021 18:15
Publisher:Dove Medical Press Ltd.
ISSN:1177-889X
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2147/ppa.s230705
PubMed ID:32368016

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