Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Quality of Life in Chinese Women with Breast Cancer: A Taiwanese Survey

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243145
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Quality of Life in Chinese Women with Breast Cancer: A Taiwanese Survey
Author(s):
Chu, Fang-Ying (Sylvia)
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Taiwan
Author Details:
Chu, Fang-Ying (Sylvia), PhD, RN, sylvia@tccn.edu.tw;
Abstract:
Purpose: The purposes of this study were (1) to determine the prevalence and modalities of CAM use by Taiwanese women with breast cancer; (2) to measure the level of satisfactions and perceived benefits of CAM use; (3) to measure the level of quality of life (QOL). 

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted at an outpatient oncology clinic attached in a teaching hospital of Taiwan. A total of 196 women participated in this study. Approximately, 74% of the women reported that they had used some form of CAM since being diagnosed with cancer.  

Results: The most common type of CAM in current use was Chinese medicine (36.1%). The mean scores of satisfaction and perceived effectiveness were 5.52 (SD = 1.01) and 5.44 (SD = 1.0), respectively, with the range of 0-7. The most frequently reported reason that contributed to women using CAM was to increase their body’s ability to fight the cancer (70.8%). The most frequently experienced benefit of using CAM was to improve emotional well-being and to increase hope and optimism (69.4%). With regard to the various dimensions of QOL, the women had excellent role functioning (Mean = 90.14, SD = 18.77) and medium high level of global health status/QOL (Mean = 71.9, SD = 19.61). 

Conclusion: The findings of this study indicated that patients sought CAM as complementary treatments rather than alternative methods. Therefore, it is important that health professionals should initiate communication regarding CAM with patients and lead patients in using CAM appropriately and safely. Moreover, there is a need to fill the gap and create partnerships between western conventional medicine and CAM. Accordingly, the integrative health care will support cancer patients approaching their therapeutic goals.

Keywords:
Breast Cancer; TYPE NEW KEYWORD HERE; TYPE NEW KEYWORD HERE
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012 ; 12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleComplementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Quality of Life in Chinese Women with Breast Cancer: A Taiwanese Surveyen
dc.contributor.authorChu, Fang-Ying (Sylvia)en
dc.contributor.departmentTaiwanen
dc.author.detailsChu, Fang-Ying (Sylvia), PhD, RN, sylvia@tccn.edu.tw;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243145-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b>The&nbsp;purposes of this study were (1) to determine the prevalence and modalities of CAM use by Taiwanese women with breast cancer; (2) to measure the level of satisfactions and perceived benefits of CAM use; (3) to measure the level of quality of life (QOL).&nbsp; <p><b>Methods: </b>A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted at an outpatient oncology clinic attached in a teaching hospital of Taiwan. A total of 196 women participated in this study. Approximately, 74% of the women reported that they had used some form of CAM since being diagnosed with cancer.&nbsp;&nbsp; <p><b>Results: </b>The most common type of CAM in current use was Chinese medicine (36.1%). The mean scores of satisfaction and perceived effectiveness were 5.52 (SD = 1.01) and 5.44 (SD = 1.0), respectively, with the range of 0-7. The most frequently reported reason that contributed to women using CAM was to increase their body&rsquo;s ability to fight the cancer (70.8%). The most frequently experienced benefit of using CAM was to improve emotional well-being and to increase hope and optimism (69.4%). With regard to the various dimensions of QOL, the women had excellent role functioning (Mean = 90.14, SD = 18.77) and medium high level of global health status/QOL (Mean = 71.9, SD = 19.61).&nbsp; <p><b>Conclusion: </b>The findings of this study indicated that patients sought CAM as complementary treatments rather than alternative methods. Therefore, it is important that health professionals should initiate communication regarding CAM with patients and lead patients in using CAM appropriately and safely. Moreover, there is a need to fill the gap and create partnerships between western conventional medicine and CAM. Accordingly, the integrative health care will support cancer patients approaching their therapeutic goals.en
dc.subjectBreast Canceren
dc.subjectTYPE NEW KEYWORD HEREen
dc.subjectTYPE NEW KEYWORD HEREen
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:18:22Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12en
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:18:22Z-
dc.conference.date2012en
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen
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