Attitudes of oncology patients on Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) Onkolojİ hastalarinin Geleneksel ve tamamlayici tip (GETAT) yöntemlerİ hakkindakİ tutumlari

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Ulusoy Z. B. , KESKİN A.

Ankara Medical Journal, vol.23, no.1, pp.374-385, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/amj.2021.68094
  • Title of Journal : Ankara Medical Journal
  • Page Numbers: pp.374-385
  • Keywords: Family medicine, Oncology, Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM)


© 2021 V.L. Yanchukovsky, V.S. Kuz’menko.Objectives: This study aims at determining the prevalence, socio-demographic features, the type and treatment of cancer, the attitudes towards the T&CM (Traditional and Complementary Medicine), and the factors influencing these attitudes of the patients at Ankara City Hospital, Oncology Polyclinics. Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive and cross-sectional study aiming at the research on the use of, the rationale for and the influential factors leading to the utilization of T&CM on cancer patients at Ankara City Hospital, Oncology Polyclinics between the periods of November 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. Results: The study had found that 57.66% of the patients used T&CM before diagnosis, while 33.66% begun using them after the diagnosis. Male patients have sought the doctor’s help more than female patients (p=0,022). As for socio-demographic findings, there was no significant statistical correlation between the use of T&CM and age, gender, occupation, educational background, monthly income, marital status, or family type. In terms of location, the patients residing in city centers utilized T&CM more than those living in smaller regions such as counties or villages (p=0,034). Among the post-diagnosis T&CM practices, phytotherapy was the most popularly applied (90.90%), followed by phlebotomy (5.45%), and leech therapy (3.63%). Amongst phytotherapy were the consumption of herbal teas (52%) and the use of Urtica urens (30%). Conclusion: It was observed that the knowledge level of the patients about T&CM was insufficient. It would be beneficial to carry out studies to increase the knowledge and awareness of patients about T&CM methods.