Complementary Medicine Education for Oncology Professionals in Alberta

Research Background

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is defined as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine” (NCCIH, 2011). There is an important distinction between complementary and alternative therapies. Complementary therapies (CTs) are used together with conventional medicine, whereas alternative therapies are used in place of conventional medicine.

While the term CAM is used throughout these materials, the focus is on complementary (rather than alternative) therapies.

This 3-module course* provides an introduction to the history and belief systems underlying CAM/CTs, some of the established recommendations, how to effectively communicate with your patients about CAM/CTs, and supporting patient decision making. There are a couple of case studies in each module.

This course is for cancer control staff and other health care providers registered in the current research study. The course is free, and requires that you enter some personal details to complete your registration. As part of the study, all participants complete baseline and follow-up surveys in order to evaluate the course and the different modules.

* material developed as part of the CAMEO program through UBC and BCCA

Study Details
  • Information letter

  • Implied consent explained

    By registering for this program online you confirm that you are aware of the research nature of the project and you agree to participate voluntarily and freely. Your registration is agreement that you have provided the research team with informed consent. If you would like any further details please do not register until you have spoken to a member of the research team

  • Study contact details:

    Study Coordinator
    Greg Levin, PhD
    (403) 476 2455

    Primary Investigator

    Linda Carlson, PhD

    (403) 355 3207

    Associate Investigator

    Lynda Balneaves, PhD


  • AHS
  • U of C