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:
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.
Introduction Part 1: Empirical, Theoretical and Methodological Background 1. CAM and Cancer: the Empirical, Theoretical and Policy Context in International 2. Methodology: A Brief Overview of Approach and Research Sites in the UK, Australia and Pakistan Part 2: The Mediation of CAM in Cancer User Groups in the UK (and Australia) 3. CAM in Cancer User Groups 4. Decision Making and Information Selection and Utilisation 5. The Role of User Groups as Advocates, Gate-Keepers and Providers of CAM 6. CAM in Cancer User Groups: Innovation and Challenge? 7. An Exploratory Comparative Case Study from Australia Part 3: The Mediation of CAM and Informal Networks in Pakistan 9. CAM in Social Context 10. Decision Making, Gatekeeping and Advocacy 11. CAM Use, Inequality and Challenges to Bio-Medicine. Discussion and Conclusion