Communication predictors and consequences of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) discussions in oncology visits Academic Article uri icon

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  • OBJECTIVE: Cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but do not routinely talk about it with their clinicians. This study describes CAM discussions in oncology visits, the communication patterns that facilitate these discussions and their association with visit satisfaction. METHODS: 327 patients (58% female; average age 61) and 37 clinicians were recorded during an oncology visit and completed post-visit questionnaires. All CAM discussions were tagged and the Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS) was used to code visit dialogue. RESULTS: CAM was discussed in 36 of 327 visits; discussions were brief (


  • Roter, Debra L
  • Yost, Kathleen J
  • O’Byrne, Thomas
  • Branda, Megan
  • Leppin, Aaron
  • Kimball, Brittany
  • Fernandez, Cara
  • Jatoi, Aminah
  • Kumbamu, Ashok
  • Montori, Victor
  • Koenig, Barbara
  • Geller, Gail
  • Larson, Susan
  • Tilburt, Jon

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  • September 2016

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