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Erschienen in: Medical Oncology 2/2013

01.06.2013 | Review Article

Integrating complementary medicine in supportive cancer care models across four continents

verfasst von: Eran Ben-Arye, Elad Schiff, Catherine Zollman, Peter Heusser, Pablo Mountford, Moshe Frenkel, Gil Bar-Sela, Ofer Lavie

Erschienen in: Medical Oncology | Ausgabe 2/2013

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Abstract

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 which facilitate CM integration is presented by physicians leading six integrative cancer care programs across four continents. Perspectives of integration are supplemented by a literature review, quantitative data on the clinical activity in each center, and qualitative narrative-based citations of seven oncology patients and healthcare providers. It is recommended that CM consultation be provided by physicians with extensive CM training. The following key elements were identified as essential for integrative program design within oncological supportive care: (1) Location of the integrative physician (IP) room within the oncology department area, (2) Required oncologist referral to CM consultation, (3) Allocated time to IP-oncologist communication, (4) Research-based integrative practice, (5) Inclusion of paid professional CM practitioners, (6) Institutional cost covered service. Integration of CM consultation within oncological supportive care needs to take in account six key elements that ensure high-quality evidence-based concomitant integrative practice.
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Metadaten
Titel
Integrating complementary medicine in supportive cancer care models across four continents
verfasst von
Eran Ben-Arye
Elad Schiff
Catherine Zollman
Peter Heusser
Pablo Mountford
Moshe Frenkel
Gil Bar-Sela
Ofer Lavie
Publikationsdatum
01.06.2013
Verlag
Springer US
Erschienen in
Medical Oncology / Ausgabe 2/2013
Print ISSN: 1357-0560
Elektronische ISSN: 1559-131X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12032-013-0511-1

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