Complementary medicine use in patients with head and neck cancer in Ireland.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/263401
Title:
Complementary medicine use in patients with head and neck cancer in Ireland.
Authors:
Amin, Mohamed; Glynn, F; Rowley, S; O'Leary, G; O'Dwyer, T; Timon, C; Kinsella, J
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Cancer, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. mohamin@rcsi.ie
Citation:
Complementary medicine use in patients with head and neck cancer in Ireland. 2010, 267 (8):1291-7 Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol
Journal:
European archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue Date:
Aug-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/263401
DOI:
10.1007/s00405-010-1223-1
PubMed ID:
20229270
Abstract:
The objectives of the study were: first, to determine the prevalence of traditional medicine (TM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in head and neck cancer patients in Ireland; second, to educate ourselves on the plethora of CAM/TM options available to patients outside the dominion of conventional medicine. The study design consisted of a cross-sectional survey carried out in three head and neck cancer centres. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed to 110 head and neck cancer patients attending the three cancer centres and data were collected for statistical analysis. A total of 106 patients completed the questionnaire; 21.7% of the participants used CAM/TM since their diagnosis with head and neck cancer. CAM/TM usage was higher in female (34.3%) than in male patients (16.2%). CAM/TM use was more common in the 41-50-year age group, in patients with higher educational levels and those holding strong religious beliefs, and also in married than single patients. The most common types of CAM/TM used were spiritual and laying on of hands. The most common reasons reported for using CAM/TM were to counteract the ill effects of treatment and increase the body's ability to fight cancer. Sources of information on CAM/TM were friends (65%), family (48%) and media (21%). This survey reveals a high prevalence of CAM/TM use in head and neck cancer patients, hence emphasising the need for otolaryngologists to educate themselves on the various therapies available to be able to provide informative advice. There is an urgent need for evidence-based investigation of various CAM/TM therapies currently offered to patients.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Adult; Aged; Complementary Therapies; Cross-Sectional Studies; Educational Status; Female; Health Surveys; Humans; Ireland; Male; Marital Status; Middle Aged; Otorhinolaryngologic Neoplasms; Questionnaires; Religion and Medicine; Sex Factors; Spirituality; Therapeutic Touch; Utilization Review; Young Adult
ISSN:
1434-4726

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorAmin, Mohameden_GB
dc.contributor.authorGlynn, Fen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRowley, Sen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Leary, Gen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Dwyer, Ten_GB
dc.contributor.authorTimon, Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKinsella, Jen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-20T14:43:08Z-
dc.date.available2012-12-20T14:43:08Z-
dc.date.issued2010-08-
dc.identifier.citationComplementary medicine use in patients with head and neck cancer in Ireland. 2010, 267 (8):1291-7 Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngolen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1434-4726-
dc.identifier.pmid20229270-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00405-010-1223-1-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/263401-
dc.description.abstractThe objectives of the study were: first, to determine the prevalence of traditional medicine (TM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in head and neck cancer patients in Ireland; second, to educate ourselves on the plethora of CAM/TM options available to patients outside the dominion of conventional medicine. The study design consisted of a cross-sectional survey carried out in three head and neck cancer centres. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed to 110 head and neck cancer patients attending the three cancer centres and data were collected for statistical analysis. A total of 106 patients completed the questionnaire; 21.7% of the participants used CAM/TM since their diagnosis with head and neck cancer. CAM/TM usage was higher in female (34.3%) than in male patients (16.2%). CAM/TM use was more common in the 41-50-year age group, in patients with higher educational levels and those holding strong religious beliefs, and also in married than single patients. The most common types of CAM/TM used were spiritual and laying on of hands. The most common reasons reported for using CAM/TM were to counteract the ill effects of treatment and increase the body's ability to fight cancer. Sources of information on CAM/TM were friends (65%), family (48%) and media (21%). This survey reveals a high prevalence of CAM/TM use in head and neck cancer patients, hence emphasising the need for otolaryngologists to educate themselves on the various therapies available to be able to provide informative advice. There is an urgent need for evidence-based investigation of various CAM/TM therapies currently offered to patients.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to European archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgeryen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshComplementary Therapies-
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studies-
dc.subject.meshEducational Status-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHealth Surveys-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMarital Status-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshOtorhinolaryngologic Neoplasms-
dc.subject.meshQuestionnaires-
dc.subject.meshReligion and Medicine-
dc.subject.meshSex Factors-
dc.subject.meshSpirituality-
dc.subject.meshTherapeutic Touch-
dc.subject.meshUtilization Review-
dc.subject.meshYoung Adult-
dc.titleComplementary medicine use in patients with head and neck cancer in Ireland.en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Cancer, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. mohamin@rcsi.ieen_GB
dc.identifier.journalEuropean archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgeryen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren

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