Clinical Trial: Socioeconomic Influences on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Cancer Treatment

This study is no longer recruiting patients.

Sponsored by: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Information provided by: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)


The purpose of this study is to determine whether differences in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are influenced by the socioeconomic status and ethnicity of cancer patients.


MedlinePlus related topics:  Cancer;   Cancer Alternative Therapy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Natural History, Longitudinal, Defined Population, Prospective Study

Official Title: Socioeconomic Diversity of CAM Integration in Oncology

Further Study Details: 

Expected Total Enrollment:  300

Study start: September 2001;  Study completion: August 2003

The use of CAM is common among patients with cancer. However, there may be differences in participation, treatment preferences, and quality of life that are influenced by socioeconomic factors and ethnicity. This study will compare two distinct socioeconomic groups to determine differences in CAM use.

Participants in this study will complete a questionnaire regarding demographics, socioeconomic status, disease specifics, and facilitators and barriers to CAM use. Participation in an introductory seminar and in various CAM programs will be monitored. Participants will also complete a quality of life scale that will provide insight into the way different populations perceive and use CAM and will identify potential obstacles to integrating CAM into other cancer treatment programs.


Ages Eligible for Study:  18 Years and above,  Genders Eligible for Study:  Both


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Cancer diagnosis
  • Able to read and understand English

Location Information

      Assarian Cancer Center, Novi,  Michigan,  48374,  United States

More Information

Study ID Numbers:  R-21 AT00880-01
Record last reviewed:  January 2005
Last Updated:  January 19, 2005
Record first received:  July 15, 2004 Identifier:  NCT00087932
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government processed this record on 2005-04-08

Cache Date: April 9, 2005