Preprint Article Version 1 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Patients with Cancer and their Relationship with Health Behaviours: A Cross-Sectional Study

Version 1 : Received: 7 September 2020 / Approved: 8 September 2020 / Online: 8 September 2020 (10:11:37 CEST)

How to cite: Ślusarska, B.; Jędrzejewska, A.B.; Szadowska - Szlachetka, Z. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Patients with Cancer and their Relationship with Health Behaviours: A Cross-Sectional Study. Preprints 2020, 2020090180 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0180.v1). Ślusarska, B.; Jędrzejewska, A.B.; Szadowska - Szlachetka, Z. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Patients with Cancer and their Relationship with Health Behaviours: A Cross-Sectional Study. Preprints 2020, 2020090180 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0180.v1).

Abstract

An increasing number of persons with cancer decide to choose complementary and alternative medicine. The purpose of the paper was to check the status of the use of complementary and alternative medicine methods in oncological patients and to compare health behaviours of patients using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) with those using neither of these methods. The studies were conducted from August till January 2020 in the Oncology Center in the south-eastern Poland. A cross-sectional study was conducted in a group of 208 oncological patients. The authors' own questionnaire and the standardized Health Behaviour Inventory were used. Most of the patients (85,09%) declared that they used complementary and alternative medicine methods. The most common methods chosen by the respondents included vitamin C, green tea and prayer. The vast majority of the respondents did not inform their oncologist about the use of CAM. 45,19% of the respondents had a high rate of health behaviours. It was observed that there was no communication related to the use of CAM among the patients and healthcare staff. Patients using CAM demonstrated more positive health behaviours than those who were not using these methods.

Subject Areas

cancer; alternative medicine; complementary medicine; health behaviours

Comments (0)

We encourage comments and feedback from a broad range of readers. See criteria for comments and our diversity statement.

Leave a public comment
Send a private comment to the author(s)
Views 0
Downloads 0
Comments 0
Metrics 0


×
Alerts
Notify me about updates to this article or when a peer-reviewed version is published.
We use cookies on our website to ensure you get the best experience.
Read more about our cookies here.