Developing an operational model for an integrative oncology program: a qualitative descriptive feasibility study.

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PURPOSE: We describe a descriptive qualitative study with the purpose of assessing the feasibility of developing an integrative oncology program in our region. METHODS: We conducted 39 interviews and two focus groups (n?=?20) with cancer patients, their caregivers and complementary and conventional (n?=?15) healthcare professionals. RESULTS: One primary theme emerged, acceptance or tolerance of an integrative oncology program, which represents concepts within four emergent categories: (1) operational model; (2) values to guide an integrative oncology program; (3) physical location and design; and (4) facilitators and barriers to establishing an integrative oncology program. CONCLUSIONS: The study was instrumental in establishing support for an integrative oncology program in our region, including a feasible model. Based in part on the results of this study, the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre ( www.oicc.ca ) opened in November 2011. We recommend a similar process of stakeholder engagement for others who wish to develop an integrative program in their location.  
Title of abstract: 
Developing an operational model for an integrative oncology program: a qualitative descriptive feasibility study.
Author: 
Weeks L, Seely D, DeGrasse C, Verma S, Boon H, Verhoef M, Stacey D.
Affiliations: 
Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre
Citedate: 
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 19:00
Citation: 
Support Care Cancer. 2014 Mar;22(3):731-9.
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