Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2011 Mar;14(1):34-41.

The Reason to Select Complementary and Alternative Therapy for Terminally Ill Cancer Patients

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Kangwon National University, Samcheok, Korea.
  • 2Bobath Memorial Hospital, Seongnam, Korea. pubjack@hanmail.net
  • 3Deprarment of Social Welfare, Kkottongnae Hyundo University of Social Welfare, Cheongwon, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to analyze the reason to select complementary and alternative therapy for terminally ill cancer patients.
METHODS
The data were collected from 21 terminal cancer patients and families through the in-depth interview. Data analysis were performed by the Colaizzi's phenomenological method (1976).
RESULTS
The reason to select complementary and alternative therapy for terminal cancer patients and families was then categorized with 4 elements; Awareness of limitations in contemporary medical treatments, Belief in effectiveness of the CAM, Satisfaction with emotional needs of family members, and Disbelief due to negative attitudes of physicians. The result indicated the following 9 themes expectation for a complete cure, uncertainty in hospital treatments, complementary method for management of side effect of chemotherapy, alleviation of symptoms and life-sustaining, fear for side effects of cancer treatments, belief in earned information, referrals by other, responsibility of family, and dissatisfaction with negatine attitudes of physicians.
CONCLUSION
Physicians should provide a sufficient explanation and try to effectively communicate with clients about hospice and palliative service and the CAM. We strongly realized that concerns about patients' best care and satisfactions with family's needs should be understood.

Keyword

Terminally ill; Complementary therapies; Qualitative research

MeSH Terms

Complementary Therapies
Hospices
Humans
Qualitative Research
Referral and Consultation
Statistics as Topic
Terminally Ill
Uncertainty
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