Complementary therapists' motivation to work in cancer/supportive and palliative care

A multi-centre case study

Mackereth Peter, Carter Ann, Parkin Sam, Stringer Jacqui, Roberts Dai, Long Andrew, Todd Chris, Caress Ann

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Purpose: To uncover complementary therapists' motivation to work in cancer/supportive and palliative care. Method: The study employed a multiple case-study design, involving three cancer/supportive and palliative care settings in the North West of England. A questionnaire survey (n = 51) was undertaken, followed by semi-structured interviews with a subgroup of the sample (n = 28). Results: Participants had a mean age of 50 years, were predominantly female and had varied career backgrounds, including prior professional experience in healthcare, teaching and private complementary therapy practice. Motivation for working in cancer/supportive and palliative care included vocational drive with a desire to provide individualised treatment and adopt a person centred, empowering and caring approach; disillusionment with conventional care; career development and personal experience of cancer or other serious illness. Conclusion: Findings indicated that motivational factors for therapists working in cancer care/supportive and palliative care were varied and highlighted a combination of 'push and pull' factors, particularly for therapists who are also health care practitioners. Further research related to volunteering, sustainable services and support and training for therapists is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume15
Issue number3
Early online date11 Apr 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Palliative Care
Motivation
Neoplasms
Delivery of Health Care
Training Support
Complementary Therapies
England
Teaching
Interviews
Research
Therapeutics

Cite this

Peter, Mackereth ; Ann, Carter ; Sam, Parkin ; Jacqui, Stringer ; Dai, Roberts ; Andrew, Long ; Chris, Todd ; Ann, Caress. / Complementary therapists' motivation to work in cancer/supportive and palliative care : A multi-centre case study. In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2009 ; Vol. 15, No. 3. pp. 161-165.
@article{764ab2a5d3e34c75b5cd5267f1100078,
title = "Complementary therapists' motivation to work in cancer/supportive and palliative care: A multi-centre case study",
abstract = "Purpose: To uncover complementary therapists' motivation to work in cancer/supportive and palliative care. Method: The study employed a multiple case-study design, involving three cancer/supportive and palliative care settings in the North West of England. A questionnaire survey (n = 51) was undertaken, followed by semi-structured interviews with a subgroup of the sample (n = 28). Results: Participants had a mean age of 50 years, were predominantly female and had varied career backgrounds, including prior professional experience in healthcare, teaching and private complementary therapy practice. Motivation for working in cancer/supportive and palliative care included vocational drive with a desire to provide individualised treatment and adopt a person centred, empowering and caring approach; disillusionment with conventional care; career development and personal experience of cancer or other serious illness. Conclusion: Findings indicated that motivational factors for therapists working in cancer care/supportive and palliative care were varied and highlighted a combination of 'push and pull' factors, particularly for therapists who are also health care practitioners. Further research related to volunteering, sustainable services and support and training for therapists is required.",
keywords = "Cancer, Complementary therapists, Experience, Motivation",
author = "Mackereth Peter and Carter Ann and Parkin Sam and Stringer Jacqui and Roberts Dai and Long Andrew and Todd Chris and Caress Ann",
year = "2009",
month = "8",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.03.004",
language = "English",
volume = "15",
pages = "161--165",
journal = "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice",
issn = "1744-3881",
publisher = "Churchill Livingstone",
number = "3",

}

Complementary therapists' motivation to work in cancer/supportive and palliative care : A multi-centre case study. / Peter, Mackereth; Ann, Carter; Sam, Parkin; Jacqui, Stringer; Dai, Roberts; Andrew, Long; Chris, Todd; Ann, Caress.

In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 15, No. 3, 01.08.2009, p. 161-165.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Complementary therapists' motivation to work in cancer/supportive and palliative care

T2 - A multi-centre case study

AU - Peter, Mackereth

AU - Ann, Carter

AU - Sam, Parkin

AU - Jacqui, Stringer

AU - Dai, Roberts

AU - Andrew, Long

AU - Chris, Todd

AU - Ann, Caress

PY - 2009/8/1

Y1 - 2009/8/1

N2 - Purpose: To uncover complementary therapists' motivation to work in cancer/supportive and palliative care. Method: The study employed a multiple case-study design, involving three cancer/supportive and palliative care settings in the North West of England. A questionnaire survey (n = 51) was undertaken, followed by semi-structured interviews with a subgroup of the sample (n = 28). Results: Participants had a mean age of 50 years, were predominantly female and had varied career backgrounds, including prior professional experience in healthcare, teaching and private complementary therapy practice. Motivation for working in cancer/supportive and palliative care included vocational drive with a desire to provide individualised treatment and adopt a person centred, empowering and caring approach; disillusionment with conventional care; career development and personal experience of cancer or other serious illness. Conclusion: Findings indicated that motivational factors for therapists working in cancer care/supportive and palliative care were varied and highlighted a combination of 'push and pull' factors, particularly for therapists who are also health care practitioners. Further research related to volunteering, sustainable services and support and training for therapists is required.

AB - Purpose: To uncover complementary therapists' motivation to work in cancer/supportive and palliative care. Method: The study employed a multiple case-study design, involving three cancer/supportive and palliative care settings in the North West of England. A questionnaire survey (n = 51) was undertaken, followed by semi-structured interviews with a subgroup of the sample (n = 28). Results: Participants had a mean age of 50 years, were predominantly female and had varied career backgrounds, including prior professional experience in healthcare, teaching and private complementary therapy practice. Motivation for working in cancer/supportive and palliative care included vocational drive with a desire to provide individualised treatment and adopt a person centred, empowering and caring approach; disillusionment with conventional care; career development and personal experience of cancer or other serious illness. Conclusion: Findings indicated that motivational factors for therapists working in cancer care/supportive and palliative care were varied and highlighted a combination of 'push and pull' factors, particularly for therapists who are also health care practitioners. Further research related to volunteering, sustainable services and support and training for therapists is required.

KW - Cancer

KW - Complementary therapists

KW - Experience

KW - Motivation

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=67649845836&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.03.004

DO - 10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.03.004

M3 - Article

VL - 15

SP - 161

EP - 165

JO - Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

JF - Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

SN - 1744-3881

IS - 3

ER -