Formal and informal processes in an Australian cancer support group: An exploratory case study

Regional Cancer Center, Trivandrum, India
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Austral-Asian Journal of Cancer, 2006, 5 (3), pp. 125 - 130
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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has continued to achieve an ever higher place on healthcare agendas in western countries - including Australia - over the last decade. This is evident in the extensive interest in, and use by, patients. Recent estimates suggest that Australians spend $2.3 billion a year on CAM, a figure in line with those identified in other western countries. There has also been extensive growth in the number of CAM service providers both within and beyond orthodox biomedicine. Indeed, during the course of the last decade, the tone of discourse on CAM has gradually hifted away from paradigmatic confrontation, and towards a position grounded in talk of integration and integrative practice. These trends are perhaps most evident in cancer care, where there is considerable evidence that interest, use, and the rhetoric of integration are most pronounced. In terms of provision and integrative trends, and in terms of cancerspecific activity, the situation in Australia illustrates these wider trends well.
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