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Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with haematological malignancies in Europe
School of Nursing, University of Manchester, Coupland III, Coupland Street, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.
University Hospital Zürich, Klinik und Poliklinik für Onkologie, Zürich, Switzerland.
Institut Català Oncologia ICO, Barcelona, Spain.
Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.
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2005 (English)In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, ISSN 1744-3881, Vol. 11, no 2, 105-110 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study reports upon a descriptive cross-sectional survey assessing the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients with haematological cancers. Twelve European countries contributed data from patients with haematological cancers, as part of a larger study. Sixty-eight patients with haematological cancer participated. Among the participants, 26.5% used some form of CAM after the cancer diagnosis. The most common therapies used were homeopathy (38.9%), herbal medicine (22.2%) various psychic therapies, such as use of mediums, healers, rebirthing or past life regression therapy (22.2%). A particular profile of a CAM user was not evident in the sample. Moderate levels of satisfaction with CAM were reported. Patients commonly used CAM to increase the ability of their body to fight cancer and to improve physical and emotional well-being. Information about CAM was received mainly from friends or family. As CAM use in patients with haematological malignancies is common, clinicians should assist patients who want to use CAM to make an appropriate decision, and improve communication with them about CAM use in an open and non-judgemental dialogue. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier, 2005. Vol. 11, no 2, 105-110 p.
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Alternative medicine, Complementary medicine, Complementary therapies, Haematologic cancers, Leukaemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, mineral, multivitamin, oxygen, ubidecarenone, access to information, acupuncture, adult, aged, art therapy, article, controlled study, doctor patient relation, emotionality, Europe, female, health survey, hematologic malignancy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, human, interpersonal communication, leukemia, major clinical study, male, manipulative medicine, massage, medical decision making, multiple myeloma, oxygen therapy, patient care, patient satisfaction, physician attitude, psychotherapy, wellbeing, Adaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Aged, 80 and over, Cross-Sectional Studies, Decision Making, Educational Status, Health Care Surveys, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Hematologic Neoplasms, Holistic Health, Humans, Income, Middle Aged, Motivation, Occupations, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Quality of Life, Questionnaires
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-7077DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2004.12.005PubMedID: 15955292Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-18244368462OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-7077DiVA: diva2:601464
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