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Complementary and alternative medicine used by pediatric patients with cancer in western Turkey.
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PMID:  19403444     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine the extent of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use, the types of therapies employed, and the reasons for choosing those therapies. DESIGN: Descriptive type, cross-sectional. SETTING: Pediatric oncology department in western Turkey. SAMPLE: 112 children receiving or completing treatment for cancer. METHODS: Parents of 112 children completed a questionnaire regarding CAM use. Analyses included examining correlations between CAM use and demographic variables. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: CAM use and demographic variables. FINDINGS: 77% of the patients used one or more type of CAM, with herb use being the most common. CONCLUSIONS: About 75% of parents used CAM for their children. However, about 25% sought discussion with the physician about the CAM they were using. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Nurses should approach their patients without prejudice, gather information about the various CAM techniques, and share this knowledge with their patients.
Rabia E Genc; Selmin Senol; Ayse S Turgay; Mehmet Kantar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oncology nursing forum     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1538-0688     ISO Abbreviation:  Oncol Nurs Forum     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-30     Completed Date:  2009-07-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809033     Medline TA:  Oncol Nurs Forum     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E159-64     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Izmir Ataturk School of Health, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Complementary Therapies / nursing*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Neoplasms / nursing*,  therapy*
Oncologic Nursing*
Retrospective Studies
Urban Population

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