Drawing on comparative fieldwork in the UK, Pakistan and Australia,
this book provides the first systematic assessment of pathways and
access to CAM and how it is used in health practice and by
individuals with cancer.
Giving fresh and invaluable insights into how differing health
and societal structures influence the use complementary and
alternative medicine, the book explores:
- the empirical, theoretical, and policy context for the study of
CAM/TM and cancer
- the history and character of the eight support groups in which
fieldwork took place in the UK, Australia and Pakistan
- the nature and structure of patient support groups' history,
affiliation and evolution
- how groups function on a day-to-day basis
- the extent to which what is being offered in these CAM-oriented
groups is in any way innovative and challenging to the therapeutic
and organisational mainstream
- the value of sociological work in the field which is not tied
to immediate and narrow policy objectives.
This is an essential resource for those studying complementary
and alternative medicine sociologically, to those involved in the
provision of cancer care on a day-to-day basis, and to those
looking to establish a more informed (evidence-based) policy.
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