The prevalence and determinants of the use of complementary and alternative medicine in adult Turkish cancer patients.


TAS F., USTUNER Z., CAN G., ERALP Y., CAMLICA H., BASARAN M., ...More

Acta oncologica (Stockholm, Sweden), vol.44, no.2, pp.161-7, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

Abstract

A study was undertaken to analyze the extent of using complementary alternative medicine ( CAM) and to compare sociodemographic and medical characteristics of users and non- users of CAM in Turkish oncology patients. A total of 615 patients with cancer who attended ambulatory patient care units answered the questionnaires. Medical information was reviewed from chart data. Some 291 patients ( 47.3%) had used at least one type of CAM since the time of initial diagnosis. CAMs almost always consisted of herbal agents ( 95%). Nettle ( Urticae herba) used in conjunction with ( 88%) or without ( 56%) various herbal agents were the most popular and prominent CAMs used by patients. Univariate and multivariate comparisons of users and non- users of CAM were performed. In multivariate analysis, female sex ( p = 0.0006), high income ( p = 0.0008), advanced stage at diagnosis ( p = 0.02), and usage of multiple chemotherapy applications ( p = 0.03) were determined as independent factors for CAM use.