The use of a brochure to enable CAM-with-chemotherapy patient education

Smith, Peter J., Clavarino, Alexandra M., Long, Jeremy E. and Steadman, Kathryn J. (2016) The use of a brochure to enable CAM-with-chemotherapy patient education. Journal of Cancer Education, 1-6. doi:10.1007/s13187-016-1011-8

Author Smith, Peter J.
Clavarino, Alexandra M.
Long, Jeremy E.
Steadman, Kathryn J.
Title The use of a brochure to enable CAM-with-chemotherapy patient education
Journal name Journal of Cancer Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-0154
Publication date 2016-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13187-016-1011-8
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Collection year 2017
Formatted abstract
The majority of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy will consider taking complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) during their treatment. As biologically-active CAM may detrimentally interfere with chemotherapy treatment, cancer patients require evidence-based information on chemotherapy-CAM integration consequences. This study aimed to assess if the availability of a purpose-designed brochure within a cancer service aided doctors’ discussions with their patients on CAM use and helped patients understand the effects of CAM during their chemotherapy treatment. Cancer care doctors consulting in an adult day unit completed a structured post-intervention feedback survey form (n = 17), and cancer patients receiving chemotherapy treatment were provided the brochure and completed the local health service consumer testing feedback form (n = 30). All cancer care doctors perceived a need for the brochure and recommended the brochure to their patients. All doctors thought the brochure made it easier for them to discuss CAM with their patients, and 59 % believed that it saved them time during patient consultations. Ninety percent of cancer patients reported the brochure had enough information to answer their CAM questions, and all patients thought the information was easy to read and understand. An evidence-based CAM-with-chemotherapy patient brochure was perceived to have enabled cancer care doctors to discuss CAM with their patients and to have answered patients’ CAM questions.
Keyword Chemotherapy
Complementary and alternative medicine
Patient education
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Institutional Status UQ

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