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Integr Cancer Ther. 2009 Mar;8(1):63-70. doi: 10.1177/1534735408329410. Epub 2009 Jan 15.

Patients' interactions with physicians and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners: older women with breast cancer and self-managed health care.

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Department of Family and Community Medicine & Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA. adlersh@ocim.ucsf.edu

Abstract

Older patients are more likely than ever to be under the care of both physicians and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners, yet there is little research on older patients' experience of these different relationships. This article addresses older breast cancer patients' seeking of concurrent care and examines patients' understandings of interactions with physicians and CAM practitioners. This is a qualitative study of a random, population-based sample of 44 older women with breast cancer who are simultaneously under the care of at least 1 physician and 1 CAM practitioner.

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19147647
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PMC2754706
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10.1177/1534735408329410
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