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The scope of complementary and alternative medicine in Poland

Adrian Perdyan1, Magdalena Wasiukiewicz1, Piotr Szastok1, Jacek Jassem1
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.a2021.0068
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Introduction. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used by patients. The most frequent CAM users are patients with cancer, but patients with other chronic diseases also utilize these methods.

Materials and methods. Data on the use of CAM were obtained from Google searches. For each specific search term, the first three Google pages were analyzed.

Results. The analysis included 91 CAM institutions matching the inclusion criteria. The most common anticancer services were intravenous vitamin C infusion, saltwater, intravenous infusion of glutathione, colon irrigation, anticancer diet, bio-resonance, and intravenous ozone infusions. The most common non-cancer entities treated were rheumatic diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, arterial hypertension, allergies, borreliosis, diabetes, atherosclerosis, depression. Anticancer therapies were more expensive than those used for non-malignant diseases (medians 250 PLN and 170 PLN, respectively; p = 0.041).

Conclusions. This study provides a comprehensive overview of CAM methods used in Poland. These data may facilitate social education and the development of preventive measures.

Abstract

Introduction. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used by patients. The most frequent CAM users are patients with cancer, but patients with other chronic diseases also utilize these methods.

Materials and methods. Data on the use of CAM were obtained from Google searches. For each specific search term, the first three Google pages were analyzed.

Results. The analysis included 91 CAM institutions matching the inclusion criteria. The most common anticancer services were intravenous vitamin C infusion, saltwater, intravenous infusion of glutathione, colon irrigation, anticancer diet, bio-resonance, and intravenous ozone infusions. The most common non-cancer entities treated were rheumatic diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, arterial hypertension, allergies, borreliosis, diabetes, atherosclerosis, depression. Anticancer therapies were more expensive than those used for non-malignant diseases (medians 250 PLN and 170 PLN, respectively; p = 0.041).

Conclusions. This study provides a comprehensive overview of CAM methods used in Poland. These data may facilitate social education and the development of preventive measures.

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complementary and alternative medicine; cancer; chronic diseases; Google search; Internet

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The scope of complementary and alternative medicine in Poland

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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

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Ahead of print

Article type

Research paper (original)

Published online

2021-11-04

DOI

10.5603/NJO.a2021.0068

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complementary and alternative medicine
cancer
chronic diseases
Google search
Internet

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Adrian Perdyan
Magdalena Wasiukiewicz
Piotr Szastok
Jacek Jassem

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