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Integrative oncology incorporates complementary medicine (CM) therapies in patients with cancer. We explored the impact of an integrative oncology therapeutic regimen on quality-of-life (QOL) outcomes in women with gynecological cancer undergoing chemotherapy. A prospective preference study examined patients referred by oncology health care practitioners(More)
The present study examined the relationship of women's sex-role identity to self-esteem and ego development. One hundred fifty-three female undergraduate students at the University of Maryland were the volunteer Ss for this study. During class time these persons completed the Index of Adjustment and Values, used to measure self-esteem, and the Sentence(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study, we explored parents' perspectives toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by their children and its impact on parent-doctor and doctor-CAM-practitioner communication. PATIENTS AND METHODS We designed a 2-arm study of parents who approached either conventional primary care or CAM clinics with their children to(More)
OBJECTIVE Describing the processes that preceded the opening of an integrative oncology program (IOP) within the oncology service (OS) of the largest health maintenance organization in northern Israel. METHODS The groundwork towards initiation of the IOP was based on three key elements (1) Interviews with patients, practitioners and directors were(More)
BACKGROUND The authors assessed the use of herbal medicine by Middle Eastern patients with cancer, as reported by their oncology health care professionals (HCPs). Herbal products identified by the study HCPs were evaluated for potential negative effects. METHODS Oncology HCPs from 16 Middle Eastern countries received a 17-item questionnaire asking them to(More)
BACKGROUND Use of dietary supplements (DS) during hospitalization carries risks such as reducing drug treatment efficacy and increasing peri-operative complications due to DS-drug interactions and DS side effects. In this study, we aimed to develop socio-cultural-sensitive patient histories to detect DS use amongst hospitalized patients from different(More)
The need to integrate complementary medicine (CM) consultation in supportive care of patients with cancer is acknowledged by oncologists owing to the ongoing research on CM efficacy and awareness of its potential risks. In this article, we aim to provide oncologists with models for CM integration within supportive care. Descriptive analysis of key elements(More)
BACKGROUND Limited research is available on the perspectives of patients with cancer regarding integration of complementary medicine (CM) in conventional supportive cancer care. The purpose of this study was to explore patients' perspectives concerning CM integration within conventional oncology settings. PATIENTS AND METHODS A 27-item questionnaire was(More)
CONTEXT Complementary medicine (CM) is extensively used by patients with cancer across the Middle East. OBJECTIVES We aimed to compare the perspectives of two Arab populations residing in diverse socioeconomic-cultural settings in Palestine and Israel regarding the role of CM in supportive cancer care. METHODS A 27-item questionnaire was constructed and(More)
CONTEXT There is a dearth of studies on how cultural background influences patients' attitudes and choices regarding complementary and traditional medicine (CTM) integration. OBJECTIVES To explore Arab and Jewish patients' perspectives regarding CTM use and its possible integration within conventional cancer care. METHODS This was a cross-cultural(More)