College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University are pleased to present the inaugural HDR Student conference. This is an annual event to provide HDR students an opportunity to present their research work, network with students and academic staff, meet their milestone expectations of oral presentations, and participate in professional development activities.
Browsing HDR Student conference (College of Nursing and Health Sciences) by Subject "Alternative medicine"
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a group of non-pharmacological therapies that are used together with or might be used in place of conventional oncology treatment. CAM usage is very common among women with breast cancer in Asian countries. However, studies investigating women experiences in the use of CAM for breast cancer management are limited. An integrative literature review of the literature was conducted to explore the use of CAM for breast cancer management in Asian countries. The included studies were assessed for trustworthiness, value and relevance using the Joanna Briggs Institute critical appraisal tools. The findings from the reviewed studies were synthesised using thematic analysis method. Thirty four articles from 12 Asian countries met the inclusion criteria. The main categories were the prevalence and reasons of using CAM, factors related to the use of CAM, types of CAM used and 'the information sources'. Women in Asian countries use CAM as an adjunct therapy to support medical care. CAM also has been utilised in Asian countries as a main therapy to treat breast cancer. Age, education, income and the cancer stages were found to be associated with this usage. Further research is required to explore women's subjective experience, knowledge, and attitudes regarding their use of CAM for breast cancer treatment as well as the perspectives of those providing CAM, as the perspectives have not been explored in Indonesia. This presentation will discuss the integrative literature review in detail.