Ausanee Wanchai, RN, PhD, is the deputy director for academic services and research in the Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Buddhachinaraj, Phitsanulok, Thailand; Jane M. Armer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor and Kandis M. Smith, PhD, is a research specialist, both in the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri in Columbia; and Julia Rodrick, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, WCC, is a senior lead therapist and clinical educator in the Outpatient Orthopedic/Hand Clinic at the Springfield Clinic in Illinois. Wanchai can be reached at email@example.com, with copy to CJONEditor@ons.org. (Submitted February 2017. Accepted April 28, 2017.)
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Overcoming barriers to open communication during cancer therapySymbolBACKGROUND:Complementary health approaches (CHAs) have been widely used by patients with cancer for many reasons. However, some patients choose not to disclose their use of CHAs to their nurses, fearing that this use will be viewed as unacceptable. Nurses may be uncomfortable talking about CHAs because of a lack of evidence-based research on the subject.OBJECTIVES:This article promotes ways in which nurses can overcome barriers to open communication about CHAs with patients during cancer therapy.METHODS:The literature related to CHAs and communication was reviewed.FINDINGS:To encourage open communication between nurses and patients regarding the use of CHAs, nurses need to be more knowledgeable about CHAs through training or by conducting research related to CHAs.