Exploring the temporal dimension in cancer patients' experiences of nonbiomedical therapeutics

Broom, Alex and Tovey, Philip (2008) Exploring the temporal dimension in cancer patients' experiences of nonbiomedical therapeutics. Qualitative Health Research, 18 12: 1650-1661. doi:10.1177/1049732308326511

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Author Broom, Alex
Tovey, Philip
Title Exploring the temporal dimension in cancer patients' experiences of nonbiomedical therapeutics
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
1552-7557
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732308326511
Volume 18
Issue 12
Start page 1650
End page 1661
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract To date, research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by cancer patients has tended to provide a “snapshot” of experience, with little attention given to the evolution of experience over time. Drawing on data from solicited diaries, this article examines individual cancer patients' temporal experiences of CAM. Our findings suggest that experiences of CAM are variable over time and space, and furthermore, that the everyday act of “doing CAM” is considerably more problematic than is often reported in face-to-face interview or survey studies. This is explored in relation to the tension between the perceived need for restrictive self-discipline alongside a sense of the emancipatory potential of CAM; the role of CAM therapists in reconceptualizing disease; and the complex interplay between CAM-derived notions of self-healing and acceptance of individual mortality. We argue that an emphasis on the temporality of cancer patients' CAM engagement is necessary to access a more nuanced understanding of the lived experiences of cancer patients.
Keyword Cancer
Complementary and alternative medicine
Healing
Integrative therapies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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