The views of oncologists and cancer patients on complementary and alternative medicine?
From: Supportive care in Cancer
- Richardson, M.A., Mâsse, L.C., Nanny, K., Sanders, C., 2004. Discrepant views of oncologists and cancer patients on complementary/alternative medicine. Supportive Care in Cancer 12, 797–804.
- 82 physicians and 244 outpatients
Use of questionnaire
- Physicians were more likely than patients to credit Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use to hope, control, incurable disease, or a nontoxic approach.
- Both physicians and patients agreed CAM could relieve symptoms/side effects, but physicians were less likely than patients to expect that CAM improved immunity or quality of life, cured disease, or prolonged life.
- Physicians believed patients felt CAM discussions were unimportant and physicians would not understand, discontinue treatment, discourage or disapprove of the use.
- Patients attributed nondisclosure to their uncertainty of its benefit and never being asked about CAM by physicians.
- Physicians were more likely to warn of risks and less likely to encourage use than patients perceived.
- As per results section