COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE USE IN PATIENTS PRESENTING TO A HEAD AND NECK ONCOLOGY CLINIC#


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Abstract

BackgroundThe aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among patients presenting to a head and neck oncology clinic prior to a diagnosis.MethodsThe study was conducted by administering questionnaires to 102 patients after being seen in the Head and Neck Oncology clinic for their initial consultation. The questionnaire assessed the extent of CAM use, types of CAMs used, and their reasons for use.ResultsA total of 132 CAMs were currently being used among 56 patients. The most common CAMs in use were multivitamins (26/132) and vitamin D (21/132). Meditation and yoga were associated with the greatest perceived benefit. The majority of patients obtained their information from family and friends. Most patients were using CAMs for physical health and well-being.ConclusionAs CAM use among the population is widespread, it is important for clinicians to specifically address their use on initial presentation. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2010

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