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Availability of CAM for people with cancer in the British NHS: the results of a national survey

Egan, Bernadette, Gage, Heather, Hood, J, Poole, Karen, McDowell, C, Maguire, G and Storey, L (2012) Availability of CAM for people with cancer in the British NHS: the results of a national survey Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 18 (2). pp. 75-80.

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This study assessed access to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies for people with cancer within the British National Health Service. CAM units were identified through an internet search in 2009. A total of 142 units, providing 62 different therapies, were identified: 105 (74.0%) England; 23 (16.2%) Scotland; 7 (4.9%) each in Wales and Northern Ireland. Most units provide a small number of therapies (median 4, range 1–20), and focus on complementary, rather than alternative approaches. Counselling is the most widely provided therapy (available at 82.4% of identified units), followed by reflexology (62.0%), aromatherapy (59.1%), reiki (43.0%), massage (42.2%). CAM units per million of the population varied between countries (England: 2.2; Wales: 2.3; Scotland: 4.8; Northern Ireland: 5.0), and within countries. Better publicity for CAM units, greater integration of units in conventional cancer treatment centres may help improve access to CAMs.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Hood, J
McDowell, C
Maguire, G
Storey, L
Date : 4 January 2012
DOI : 10.1016/j.ctcp.2011.11.003
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Cancer; Survey; Complementary and alternative therapies; Availability
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 20 Jun 2018 10:02
Last Modified : 20 Jun 2018 10:02

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