Complementary therapists' training and cancer care: A multi-site study

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

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Purpose: To explore professional experience and training of complementary therapists working within cancer care. Method: A Questionnaire survey of complementary therapists practising in three cancer care settings in North West England. Results: Respondents (n = 51; n = 47 female; mean age 50 years, range 23-78 years) had varied career backgrounds; 24 were healthcare professionals who also practised as complementary therapists (nurse n = 19; physiotherapist n = 3; doctor n = 2) whilst 27 were complementary therapists with no prior healthcare background. Twenty-eight respondents reported working as therapists within a supportive and palliative care setting for over 6 years. Forty-seven respondents had undertaken healthcare-related continuing professional development in complementary therapies, although only just over half of the sample (n = 27) had received cancer-specific training. Cancer-related complementary therapy training related to the adaptation of therapies and comprised predominantly short courses. There was a lack of standardisation in the training received, nor was it clear how many courses were accredited. Conclusion: Findings highlight the need for standardisation of training for complementary therapy provision in cancer care and statutory review of continuing professional development within this emerging field.

LanguageEnglish
Pages330-335
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume13
Issue number5
Early online date9 Jun 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Complementary Therapies
Neoplasms
Delivery of Health Care
Physical Therapists
Palliative Care
England
Nurses
Surveys and Questionnaires
Therapeutics

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Mackereth, P., Carter, A., Parkin, S., Stringer, J., Caress, A., Todd, C., ... Roberts, D. (2009). Complementary therapists' training and cancer care: A multi-site study. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 13(5), 330-335. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2009.04.009
Mackereth, Peter ; Carter, Ann ; Parkin, Sam ; Stringer, Jacqui ; Caress, Ann ; Todd, Chris ; Long, Andrew ; Roberts, Dai. / Complementary therapists' training and cancer care : A multi-site study. In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2009 ; Vol. 13, No. 5. pp. 330-335.
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Mackereth, P, Carter, A, Parkin, S, Stringer, J, Caress, A, Todd, C, Long, A & Roberts, D 2009, 'Complementary therapists' training and cancer care: A multi-site study', European Journal of Oncology Nursing, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 330-335. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2009.04.009

Complementary therapists' training and cancer care : A multi-site study. / Mackereth, Peter; Carter, Ann; Parkin, Sam; Stringer, Jacqui; Caress, Ann; Todd, Chris; Long, Andrew; Roberts, Dai.

In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Vol. 13, No. 5, 01.12.2009, p. 330-335.

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