Article

Use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with cancer: a UK survey

Citation

Scott J, Kearney N, Hummerston S & Molassiotis A (2005) Use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with cancer: a UK survey. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 9 (2), pp. 131-137. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14623889; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2005.03.012

Abstract
Summary Over the past decade Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use in the UK has increased dramatically. However, little research appears to exist regarding its use in patients diagnosed with cancer. The study was descriptive using a survey design. Questionnaire data was collected from 127 adult patients with a diagnosis of cancer from both Scotland and England. CAM use was reported by 29% of the sample. The use of relaxation, meditation and the use of medicinal teas were the most frequently used therapies. Findings suggest that CAM use within patients diagnosed with cancer in the UK has increased which has implications for patient and health care professional education.

Keywords
Complementary therapies; alternative therapies; cancer; UK; Alternative medicine; Complementary Therapies; Cancer Patients

Journal
European Journal of Oncology Nursing: Volume 9, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date30/06/2005
Publication date online10/05/2005
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1293
PublisherElsevier
Publisher URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14623889
ISSN1462-3889