Use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients attending a head and neck oncology clinic
Shakeel, Muhammad, Newton, J. R., Bruce, J. (Julie) and Ah-See, K. W.. (2008) Use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients attending a head and neck oncology clinic. Journal of Laryngology & Otology, Vol.122 (No.12). pp. 1360-1364. ISSN 0022-2151Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022215108001904
Introduction: Within the United Kingdom, there are 50 000 practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine, with five million people consulting these practitioners yearly. The aim of this study was to explore the use of such therapies by patients attending a head and neck oncology clinic in Aberdeen.
Method: Questionnaires were distributed to 200 patients over an eight-week period. The questionnaire consisted of questions regarding: demographic factors; 48 listed herbal preparations and alternative therapies; reasons for their use; and opinions on their efficacy.
Results: One hundred and thirty-eight patients completed the questionnaires. Fifty per cent (69/138) of respondents had used complementary and alternative medicine previously, with 26 per cent having used it in the preceding year. Fifty-five per cent of respondents learned about complementary and alternative medicine use from friends, and the majority obtained such medicines by purchasing from a shop. Fifty per cent (34/69) of respondents stated that their family physician was unaware of their use of complementary and alternative medicine.
Conclusion: All medical practitioners should be aware of increasing complementary and alternative medicine usage by the United Kingdom population, and should be able to counsel patients appropriately.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Cancer -- Alternative treatment -- Scotland -- Aberdeen, Neck -- Cancer -- Treatment, Head -- Cancer -- Treatment, Alternative medicine|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Laryngology & Otology|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Official Date:||December 2008|
|Page Range:||pp. 1360-1364|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||Originally presented at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Audit Symposium, 16 March 2007, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.|
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