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    Holmgren, Adina
    et al.
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Caring Science.
    Hellström, Elin
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Caring Science, Caring Science.
    Cancerdiagnostiserade patienters erfarenheter av Komplementär och Alternativ Medicin (KAM).: En beskrivande litteraturstudie2019Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses medical products and practices that are not a part of conventional treatment. CAM is based on a comprehensive view of the human and a holistic health. CAM treats everything - mind, body, spirit and beyond. Patients with cancer searching for hope and cure for their disease, some to be cured and some to live longer and improve their mental and physical well-being. Through self-care, the patient searches for CAM to find methods that are either a complement or alternative to the conventional treatment.

     

    Aim: To describe patients with cancer experiences of complementary and alternative

    medicine (CAM).

     

    Method:  Descriptive literature study with 12 included articles, all the included articles was qualitative. Data collection has been conducted via Cinahl and PubMed

     

    Main result: Patients with cancer do often search for CAM to find a method that could extending life or make them feel better, for example relieve symptoms. The experience of the CAM-methods was mostly positive, the patients were helped with both physical and mental disorders. It turned out that healthcare workers attitude towards CAM was defective because of the lack of interest and knowledge.

     

    Conclusion: Most of the patients reported positive experiences of CAM. Their sense of control and self-determination were higher than before the CAM-use. However, it appears that the patients experience a lack of support from the caregivers in the conventional medicine/healthcare when they, for an example, want to discuss CAM. It shows through a non-interest and a lack of knowledge of the methods.

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