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October 2021

Breast cancer survivors' perceptions of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM): Making the decision to use or not to use

Author(s): Brown, J. B., Gavin, A., Kennard, M. A., Stewart, M.

Journal/Book: Qual Health Res. 1999; 9: 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA. Sage Publications Inc. 639-653.

Abstract: The study described in this article explored breast cancer survivors' perceptions and experiences as they decided whether to use a variety of complementary/alternative therapies. Six focus groups were conducted composed of women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Each 2-hour session was audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. In this article, the process by which the participants made the decision to use or not to use complementary/alternative therapies, including their discovery and investigation of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) and their experiences using or not using CAM, ave described. Barriers to using CAM included cost, access, and time. Family and friends generally supported the decision to use CAM; however the participants described health care practitioners' reactions as mixed.

Note: Article Boon H, Univ Toronto, Fac Pharm, 19 Russell St, Toronto, ON, CANADA

Keyword(s): HEALTH-CARE; ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES; UNITED-STATES; PREVALENCE; ORTHODOX; BELIEFS; CHOICE


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