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Title: Use of complementary and alternative medicine in cancer patients: a European survey
Authors: Molassiotis, Alexander
Fernandez-Ortega, Paz
Pud, Dorit
Ozden, Gulten
Scott, Julia
Panteli, Vassiliki
Margulies, Anita
Browall, Maria
Magri, Miriam
Selvekerova, Sarka
Madsen, Elin
Milovics, Ljiljana
Bruyns, Ingrid
Gudmundsdottir, Gudbjorg
Hummerston, Sandra
Ahmad, Aftab M-A
Platin, Nurgun
Kearney, Nora
Patiraki, Elisabeth
Contact Email: nora.kearney@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: alternative medicine
complementary medicine
Europe
herbs
homeopathy
spiritual healing
vitamins
Issue Date: Apr-2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press / European Society for Medical Oncology
Citation: Molassiotis A, Fernandez-Ortega P, Pud D, Ozden G, Scott J, Panteli V, Margulies A, Browall M, Magri M, Selvekerova S, Madsen E, Milovics L, Bruyns I, Gudmundsdottir G, Hummerston S, Ahmad AM, Platin N, Kearney N & Patiraki E (2005) Use of complementary and alternative medicine in cancer patients: a European survey, Annals of Oncology, 16 (4), pp. 655-663.
Abstract: Background: The aim of this study was to explore the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in cancer patients across a number of European countries. Methods: A descriptive survey design was developed. Fourteen countries participated in the study and data was collected through a descriptive questionnaire from 956 patients. Results: Data suggest that CAM is popular among cancer patients with 35.9% using some form of CAM (range among countries 14.8% to 73.1%). A heterogeneous group of 58 therapies were identified as being used. Herbal medicines and remedies were the most commonly used CAM therapies, together with homeopathy, vitamins/minerals, medicinal teas, spiritual therapies and relaxation techniques. Herbal medicine use tripled from use before diagnosis to use since diagnosis with cancer. Multivariate analysis suggested that the profile of the CAM user was that of younger people, female and with higher educational level. The source of information was mainly from friends/family and the media, while physicians and nurses played a small part in providing CAM-related information. The majority used CAM to increase the body’s ability to fight cancer or improve physical and emotional well-being, and many seemed to have benefited from using CAM (even though the benefits were not necessarily related to the initial reason for using CAM). Some 4.4% of patients, however, reported side-effects, mostly transient. Conclusions: It is imperative that health professionals explore the use of CAM with their cancer patients, educate them about potentially beneficial therapies in light of the limited available evidence of effectiveness, and work towards an integrated model of health-care provision.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1323
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mdi110
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Affiliation: University of Manchester
Institut Català Oncologia ICO
University of Haifa
Gazi University Hospital
HS UG Regulated - Stirling
Greek Oncology Nursing Society
University Hospital Zurich
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
University of Milan
Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute
Aarhus University Hospital
Institute for Oncology and Radiology, Serbia
Belgian Society of Oncology Nursing
Department of Oncology, Landspitali
NHS Nottingham City
University of Manchester
Koc University
HS Research - Stirling
Greek Oncology Nursing Society

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