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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among elderly Australian women who have cancer


Sibbritt, D and Adams, J and Easthope, G and Young, A, Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among elderly Australian women who have cancer, Support Care in Cancer, 11, (8) pp. 548-550. ISSN 0941-4355 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00520-003-0490-4


The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the general population has grown considerably in recent years. However, little is known about the prevalence of CAM use amongst women with cancer. Our research provides the first step in addressing this gap in knowledge by reporting on a survey of 9,375 Australian women aged 73-78. We found that, for all cancers combined, 14.5% of women with cancer consulted an alternative practitioner, This percentage varied depending on the type of cancer: skin (15.0%), breast (11.5), bowel (8.8%), and other (16.5%). Our findings suggest that CAM is now a significant practice issue for those delivering cancer-patient care and management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine
Research Field:Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Easthope, G (Dr Gary Easthope)
ID Code:27257
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-03-25

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