Table 3

Beliefs and perceptions of CAM therapy (n = 15).

    Beliefs

    Percentages


I believe CAM therapy will

Unlikely (1,2)

Indifferent (3)

Likely (4,5)


Cure Cancer

31.3%

50.0%

18.8%

Prevent Spread

25.0%

50.0%

25.0%

Assist other treatments

25.0%

12.5%

62.5%

Relieve symptoms

18.8%

18.8%

62.5%

Have side effects

56.3%

12.5%

31.3%

Weaken body's natural reserves

62.5%

18.8%

18.8%

Patient's Fault if they don't work

75.0%

18.8%

6.3%

Assist the body's natural forces to heal

6.3%

18.8%

75.0%

Easy to understand how they work

37.5%

25.0%

37.5%

Boost to Immune System

18.8%

25.0%

56.3%

Perfectly safe

25.0%

31.3%

43.8%

Increase Quality of Life

6.3%

31.3%

62.5%

Feeling of control over the cancer

25.0%

18.8%

56.3%

Prevent recurrence of Cancer

18.8%

56.3%

25.0%

Reduce the chance that other therapies will work

37.5%

43.8%

18.8%

Makes them less likely to accept conventional treatments

50.0%

37.5%

12.5%


Helyer et al. BMC Cancer 2006 6:39   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-6-39

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