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The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Scandinavia
Gavle Univ Hosp, Ctr Res & Dev, Gavle, Sweden.;Gavle Univ Hosp, Dept Radiol, Gavle, Sweden.;Umea Univ Hosp, Dept Radiat Sci & Oncol, Umea, Sweden..
Gavle Univ Hosp, Dept Oncol, Gavle, Sweden..
Gavle Univ Hosp, Ctr Res & Dev, Gavle, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Research and Development, Gävleborg. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Experimental and Clinical Oncology. Gavle Univ Hosp, Ctr Res & Dev, Gavle, Sweden.;Gavle Univ Hosp, Dept Oncol, Gavle, Sweden..
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2016 (English)In: Anticancer Research, ISSN 0250-7005, E-ISSN 1791-7530, Vol. 36, no 7, 3243-3251 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) PublishedText
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Background: Complementary alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used among patients with cancer. This usage may have potentially harmful effects, especially when combined with anticancer drugs. However, some complementary methods may benefit patients. This review investigated the prevalence of CAM use among patients with cancer in Scandinavia and secondly studied the educational levels of CAM users compared to non-users. Materials and Methods: A systematic search of the PubMed library was carried out to locate articles published between January 2000 and October 2015 that investigated prevalence of CAM use among Scandinavian patients with cancer. Results: Twenty-two articles were found, of which nine were included in the review. The prevalence of CAM use was 7.9% to 53%, with an average of 36.0% across all studies. Conclusion: Use of CAM is widespread among patients with cancer. Knowledge about CAM should be disseminated to both patients and staff in order to optimise discussions about CAM in clinical practice.

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2016. Vol. 36, no 7, 3243-3251 p.
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Complementary alternative medicine, CAM, Scandinavia, review
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300621ISI: 000378867600002PubMedID: 27354580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300621DiVA: diva2:951748
Available from: 2016-08-10 Created: 2016-08-10 Last updated: 2016-08-10Bibliographically approved

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