Canadian integrative oncology research priorities: results of a consensus-building process.

You are here

BACKGROUND: In Canada, many diverse models of integrative oncology care have emerged in response to the growing number of cancer patients who combine complementary therapies with their conventional medical treatments. The increasing interest in integrative oncology emphasizes the need to engage stakeholders and to work toward consensus on research priorities and a collaborative research agenda. The Integrative Canadian Oncology Research Initiative initiated a consensus-building process to meet that need and to develop an action plan that will implement a Canadian research agenda. METHODS: A two-day consensus workshop was held after completion of a Delphi survey and stakeholder interviews. RESULTS: FIVE INTERRELATED PRIORITY RESEARCH AREAS WERE IDENTIFIED AS THE FOUNDATION FOR A CANADIAN RESEARCH AGENDA: EffectivenessSafetyResource and health services utilizationKnowledge translation Developing integrative oncology models Research is needed within each priority area from a range of different perspectives (for example, patient, practitioner, health system) and in a way that reflects a continuum of integration from the addition of a single complementary intervention within conventional cancer care to systemic change. Strategies to implement a Canadian integrative oncology research agenda were identified, and working groups are actively developing projects in line with those strategic areas. Of note is the intention to develop a national network for integrative oncology research and knowledge translation. CONCLUSIONS: The identified research priorities reflect the needs and perspectives of a spectrum of integrative oncology stakeholders. Ongoing stakeholder consultation, including engagement from new stakeholders, is needed to ensure appropriate uptake and implementation of a Canadian research agenda.
Title of abstract: 
Canadian integrative oncology research priorities: results of a consensus-building process.
Author: 
Weeks LC, Seely D, Balneaves LG, Boon HS, Leis A, Oneschuk D, Sagar SM, Verhoef MJ.
Affiliations: 
Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre
Citedate: 
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 19:00
Citation: 
Curr Oncol. 2013 Aug;20(4):e289-99.
Taxonomy: 
 

CCNM logo

CONNECT WITH US

Talk to a student services advisor today by emailing info@ccnm.edu

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Educating naturopathic doctors in North America for almost 40 years

1255 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M2K 1E2

College: (416) 498-1255 I 1 (866) 241-2266 (toll-free)

Clinic: (416) 498-9763

AANMC
Member of the Association of
Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges