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Complementary-alternative medicine among cancer patients in the western region of Turkey

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dc.contributor.author Tarhan, O.
dc.contributor.author Alacacioglu, A.
dc.contributor.author Somali, I.
dc.contributor.author Sipahi, H.
dc.contributor.author Zencir, Mehmet
dc.contributor.author Oztop, I.
dc.contributor.author Dirioz, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-16T12:11:46Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-16T12:11:46Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 1107-0625
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/11499/6843
dc.description.abstract Purpose: To investigate the complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) applications and factors affecting its use among cancer patients in the western region of Turkey. Patients and methods: Face-to-face interview technique was used. Patients were asked to answer a questionnaire about their socio-demographic features, their level of knowledge about the disease and CAM application features. Results: 220 adult cancer patients (79 male) were evaluated. Ninety-three (42.3%) were using at least one CAM method, the most common being herbal products which were preferred by 81 (36.3%) patients. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) was the most commonly used herbal product. Next was nutritional support, preferred by 45 (20.3%) patients. Eighty- nine (44.5%) of 200 patients who knew the diagnosis and 4 of 20 (20%) who did not were using CAM. In the patient group with awareness of the diagnosis, CAM application was significantly higher (p=0.034). CAM applications were detected in 34 of 70 (48.5%) patients with recurrent disease while 54 of 150 (36%) patients without recurrent disease were using CAM. The CAM applications were significantly higher in the group with recurrent disease (p=0.006). Fifty-three of 103 (51.4%) patients who had advanced disease were using CAM, while only 40 of 117 (34.1%) patients with local or locally advanced disease were using it. CAM applications were significantly higher in the group with advanced disease (p=0.030). Besides, knowing the diagnosis and disease recurrence were also independent risk factors for CAM usage [odds ratio (OR): 3.1; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.0-9.8 and OR: 2.2; 95% CI: 1.2-4.0 respectively]. As a result, nearly half of the patients (42.3%) in this region were using at least one of the CAM methods. Conclusion: The severity of the disease (recurrence and dissemination) and patients 'awareness of the diagnosis were the most important factors affecting the CAM applications. © 2009 Zerbinis Medical Publications. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of B.U.ON. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/closedAccess en_US
dc.subject Cancer en_US
dc.subject Complementary treatment en_US
dc.subject Complementary-alternative en_US
dc.subject Medicine en_US
dc.subject herbaceous agent en_US
dc.subject alternative medicine en_US
dc.subject article en_US
dc.subject cancer patient en_US
dc.subject controlled study en_US
dc.subject human en_US
dc.subject interview en_US
dc.subject major clinical study en_US
dc.subject nutritional support en_US
dc.subject recurrent disease en_US
dc.subject Turkey (republic) en_US
dc.subject Urtica dioica en_US
dc.subject Adult en_US
dc.subject Aged en_US
dc.subject Aged, 80 and over en_US
dc.subject Complementary Therapies en_US
dc.subject Female en_US
dc.subject Humans en_US
dc.subject Male en_US
dc.subject Middle Aged en_US
dc.subject Neoplasms en_US
dc.subject Patient Satisfaction en_US
dc.subject Phytotherapy en_US
dc.subject Prognosis en_US
dc.subject Questionnaires en_US
dc.subject Turkey en_US
dc.subject Young Adult en_US
dc.title Complementary-alternative medicine among cancer patients in the western region of Turkey en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.volume 14 en_US
dc.identifier.issue 2 en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 265
dc.identifier.startpage 265 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 269 en_US
dc.relation.publicationcategory Makale - Uluslararası Hakemli Dergi - Kurum Öğretim Elemanı en_US
dc.identifier.pmid 19650177 en_US
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000267610200015 en_US

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