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Use of complementary and alternative medicine among Polish cancer patients

Mirosława Puskulluoglu, Barbara Uchańska, Krzysztof A. Tomaszewski, Aneta L. Zygulska, Paulina Zielińska, Aleksandra Grela-Wojewoda
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.a2021.0051

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Introduction. The aim of this prospective study was to estimate the perception and popularity of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) subtypes and reasons for its usage among adult Polish cancer patients.

Material and methods. The validated questionnaire was conducted among 310 patients. 24.1% of patients used CAM during their oncological treatment. Risk factors for CAM usage were: female gender, university degree and radical treatment. The most common reasons for CAM usage were: boosting the immune system (46.1%), improving self-being/ counteracting the ill effects from cancer and its treatment (40.8%). Average level of satisfaction with CAM was high (≥3/5 on a Likert scale). Nearly half the patients (46.6%) admitted not informing their doctors about CAM usage.

Conclusions. The growing popularity and heterogeneity of CAM methods make it an important issue for patient–doctor relations in Poland and other Central European countries. The results of this study indicate what topics should be covered while introducing patient education programs.

Abstract

Introduction. The aim of this prospective study was to estimate the perception and popularity of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) subtypes and reasons for its usage among adult Polish cancer patients.

Material and methods. The validated questionnaire was conducted among 310 patients. 24.1% of patients used CAM during their oncological treatment. Risk factors for CAM usage were: female gender, university degree and radical treatment. The most common reasons for CAM usage were: boosting the immune system (46.1%), improving self-being/ counteracting the ill effects from cancer and its treatment (40.8%). Average level of satisfaction with CAM was high (≥3/5 on a Likert scale). Nearly half the patients (46.6%) admitted not informing their doctors about CAM usage.

Conclusions. The growing popularity and heterogeneity of CAM methods make it an important issue for patient–doctor relations in Poland and other Central European countries. The results of this study indicate what topics should be covered while introducing patient education programs.

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cancer; complementary and alternative medicine; CAM; questionnaire; patients

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Use of complementary and alternative medicine among Polish cancer patients

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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

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Ahead of print

Article type

Research paper (original)

Published online

2021-09-01

DOI

10.5603/NJO.a2021.0051

Keywords

cancer
complementary and alternative medicine
CAM
questionnaire
patients

Authors

Mirosława Puskulluoglu
Barbara Uchańska
Krzysztof A. Tomaszewski
Aneta L. Zygulska
Paulina Zielińska
Aleksandra Grela-Wojewoda

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