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Complementary and alternative medicine use among US cancer survivors

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Cancer Survivorship, February 2016
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Title
Complementary and alternative medicine use among US cancer survivors
Published in
Journal of Cancer Survivorship, February 2016
DOI 10.1007/s11764-016-0530-y
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Gabriella M. John, Dawn L. Hershman, Laura Falci, Zaixing Shi, Wei-Yann Tsai, Heather Greenlee

Abstract

US cancer survivors commonly use vitamins/minerals and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). We compare use of vitamins/minerals and CAM between adult cancer survivors and cancer-free adults and estimate annual out-of-pocket expenses. Data on self-reported vitamin/mineral and CAM use in the past 12 months from the cross-sectional 2012 US National Health Interview Survey were used to estimate prevalence of use and out-of-pocket expenditures. The cohort included adults with (n = 2977) and without (n = 30,551) a self-reported cancer diagnosis. Approximately 79 % of cancer survivors and 68 % of cancer-free adults reported using ≥1 vitamins/minerals and/or CAM modality in the past year. Compared to cancer-free adults, cancer survivors were more likely to report use of vitamin/minerals (75 vs. 61 %, P < 0.001), non-vitamin/mineral natural products (24 vs. 19 %, P < 0.001), manipulative and body-based therapies (19 vs. 17 %, P = 0.03), and alternative medical systems (5 vs. 4 %, P = 0.04). Adult cancer survivors and cancer-free adults spent an annual estimated $6.7 billion and $52 billion out-of-pocket, respectively, on vitamins/minerals and CAM. Survivors spent 60 % of the total on vitamins/minerals ($4 billion), 18 % ($1.2 billion) on non-vitamin/mineral natural products, and 7 % ($0.5 billion) on massage. Compared with cancer-free adults, a higher proportion of cancer survivors report vitamin/mineral and CAM use. Cancer survivors, who accounted for 6.9 % of the total population, accrued more than 11.4 % of the annual out-of-pocket costs on vitamins/minerals and CAM spent by US adults. Given the high use of vitamins/minerals and CAM in cancer survivors, studies are needed to analyze health outcomes and the cost/benefit ratio of such use.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 3%
Turkey 1 3%
Unknown 36 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 10 26%
Unspecified 6 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 13%
Researcher 4 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 8%
Other 10 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 9 24%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 21%
Social Sciences 5 13%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 5%
Other 6 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 20. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 December 2018.
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