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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Used by Pediatric Patients With Cancer in Western Turkey

Rabia E. Genc

Selmin Senol

Ayse S. Turgay

Mehmet Kantar

complementary and alternative therapies
ONF 2009, 36(3), E159-E164. DOI: 10.1188/09.ONF.E159-E164

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.

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