Complementary and alternative medicine practitioner consultations among those who have or have had cancer in a Norwegian total population (Nord-Trøndelag Health Study): prevalence, socio-demographics and health perceptions

Steinsbekk, A., Adams, J., Sibbritt, D. and Johnsen, R. (2010) Complementary and alternative medicine practitioner consultations among those who have or have had cancer in a Norwegian total population (Nord-Trøndelag Health Study): prevalence, socio-demographics and health perceptions. European Journal of Cancer Care, 19 3: 346-351. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2354.2008.01049.x


Author Steinsbekk, A.
Adams, J.
Sibbritt, D.
Johnsen, R.
Title Complementary and alternative medicine practitioner consultations among those who have or have had cancer in a Norwegian total population (Nord-Trøndelag Health Study): prevalence, socio-demographics and health perceptions
Journal name European Journal of Cancer Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0961-5423
1078-8186
Publication date 2010-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2008.01049.x
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 346
End page 351
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract The aim of the study was to identify the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners among current and previous cancer patients in a total population. A secondary analysis of data from the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (otherwise known as the HUNT 2 Study) – a total population survey conducted in central Norway – was undertaken. Analysis focused upon the response of 1406 individuals who reported to have or have had cancer and who answered a question on visits to CAM practitioners. The study identified 16.1% of respondents had visited a CAM practitioner in the prior 12 months compared with 12.8% in the total population, and the likelihood of consulting a CAM practitioner was significantly increased among those who had a university degree, who reported a lower perceived global health and who had experienced a health complaint during the last 12 months. Complementary and alternative medicine practitioner consultations among individuals with a previous or current malignant disease were highest for those with poor self-reported health status and with a recent health complaint. From the socio-demographic variables studied only the reporting of a university degree was significantly associated with higher CAM practitioner use. © 2009 The Authors Journal compilation © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Keyword Complementary and alternative medicine
Norway
Homeopathy
Chiropractic
Population
Neoplasm
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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