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J Cancer Educ. 2008 Jan-Mar;23(1):46-50. doi: 10.1080/08858190701821261.

Teaching complementary medicine at an academic oncology department.

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Complementary and Traditional Medicine Unit, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. eranben@netvision.net.il

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The increased use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by patients with cancer is a significant phenomenon in cancer care and suggests the need for increased knowledge by clinicians of these therapies.

METHODS:

Aiming at bridging the gap in knowledge of the philosophy and practice of major CAM modalities in cancer care, an elective course was offered to physicians and nurses in a large academic center.

RESULTS:

The course also aimed at providing the tools necessary to establish open and trusting clinician-patient dialogue regarding CAM.

CONCLUSIONS:

Exposure to the course was successful in improving knowledge and attitudes.

PMID:
18444046
DOI:
10.1080/08858190701821261
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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