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Table 2 Main criteria of included studies

From: Individualised medicine from the perspectives of patients using complementarytherapies: a meta-ethnography approach

Author: Indication: Data collection: Objective of each study: Setting:
Barrett et al. March 2000 [[37]] Primary Care 17 patients, semi structured in-depth interviews To investigate knowledge, attitudes …of patients ofCAM. Madison telephone listings, USA
Richardson et al. June 2004 [[19]] Primary Care 204 patients, qualitative comments in healthquestionnaire To assess expectations of patients who use CAM British NHS outpatient department
McCaffrey et al. July 2007 [[29]] Primary Care 37 patients, focus group To identify the motivations of people who choose IM Integrative care clinic in Cambridge, MA
Smith et al. May 2009 [[32]] Primary Care 19 patients, telephone focus group To explore the attributes of the therapy encounter New Zealand, clients of massage therapist or practice
Grace et al. Sept. 2010 [[20]] Primary Care 22 patients, hermeneutic phenomenology: case studies,focus groups, key informant interviews To understand the contribution integrative medicine canmake to the quality of care 3 integrative medicine clinics in Sydney, Australia
Nichol et al. Feb. 2011 [[18]] Primary Care 12 patients, focus groups To examine the family as a context for beliefs,decision-making about CAM Family Focus Clinics from Avon Longitudinal Study ofParents and Children sub-study, UK
Shaw et al. June 2006 [[21]] Asthma 50 patients, semi-structured interviews with 22 adultsand 28 children To investigate why and how patients and parents ofchildren use CAM 2 contrasting general practices, one in an affluentsuburb one in a deprived inner city area, Bristol,UK
la Cour et al. Dec 2008 [[22]] Rheumatic Disease 15 patients, in-depth interviews To investigate patients’ experience and perceptionsof CAM patient-driven rheumatic disease societies, Denmark
Richmond et al. May 2010 [[45]] Hepatitis C 28 patients, semi-structured interviews To describe reasons for the use of mind-body medicine liver clinic, tertiary healthcare facility in the UnitedStates
Salamonsen et al. July 2010 [[23]] MS 2 patients, of 12 qualitative interviews, issue(theme)-focused analysis on two cases To obtain knowledge and understanding on MS patients'experiences related to their CAM use selection based on Registry of -exceptional Courses ofDisease, Norway and Denmark
Boon et al. Sept. 1999 [[35]] Breast Cancer 36 patients, focus groups To explore breast cancer survivors’ perceptions andexperiences of CAM tertiary care allopathic medical centers, Canada
Canales et al. Jan. 2003 [[30]] Breast Cancer 66 patients, focus groups Specific reasons breast cancer surviviors reported forusing CAM Vermont Mammography Registry, Vermont Canada
Adler, Sept. 2009 [[25]] Breast Cancer 44 patients, semi structured interviews To address older breast cancer patients’ seeking ofconcurrent care 1593 breast cancer case listings provided by the NorthernCalifornia Cancer Center
Mulkins et al. March 2004 [[27]] Breast, Colon, Prostate, Lung and Throat Cancer 11 patients, unstructured interviews To identify features of the transformative experienceamong people who are seeking integrative care 3 integrative care facilities in Vancouver
Steinsbekk et al. Febr. 2005 [[38]] Breast, Kidney, NHL, Melanoma, Colon…. 17 patients, semi structured interviews How patients experience consultations with CAMpractitioners outpatient clinic of oncology department at theuniversity hospital, Norway
Singh et al. Febr. 2005 [[41]] Prostate Cancer 27 patients, semi structured interviews To compare the perceptions, beliefs, ideas andexperiences that contribute to use CAM part of a larger study, Hawaii Tumor Registry, USA
Ribero et al. July 2006 [[26]] Breast CA 6 patients, semi structured interviews To describe the attitudes, beliefs and utilization ofCAM Komen Hawaii’s Race for a Cure
Correa-Velez et al. Oct. 2005 [[43]] Advanced cancer 39 patients, semi structured interviews To identify in detail the reasons for using CAM records of state cancer registry, Queensland,Australia
White et al. June 2006 [[16]] Prostate cancer 29 patients in-depth interviews?+?focus groups, thensecondary analysis from 10 of 29 patients with spiritualpractices To assess decision making by men who use CAM men with a confirmed diagnosis of prostate cancer inBritish Columbia and Alberta, Canada
Humpel et al. Sep. 2006 [[39]] Breast. Prostate, colon, lung, liver cancer 19 patients, semi-structured in-depth interviews To gain a greater understanding of CAM includingmotivations recruited via posters and study flyers placed in med.waiting rooms, Australia
Evans et al. Jan. 2007 [[17]] Prostate, lung colorectal… 34 patients, semi-structured interviews To investigate why men with cancer choose to use CAM National Health Service (NHS]oncology unit, NHShomeopathic outpatient, private cancer charity
Jones et al. March 2007 [[36]] Prostate Cancer 14 patients, semi-structured interviews To examine the cultural beliefs and attitudes of the useof CAM Prostate cancer center in central Virginia?+?referred byother participants, USA
Broom August 2009 [[28]] multiple indication cancer 20 patients, semi-structured interviews To question how individuals make sense of diversetreatment practices two oncology departments in Australia
Wanchai et al. July 2010 [[31]] Breast Cancer 9 patients, in-depth interviews What were the breast cancer survivors’ perceptionsabout CAM Cancer Center in the Midwestern region of USA
Foote-Ardah July 2003 [[44]] HIV 62 patients, qualitative interview, mostpartconversational To aid understanding why people us CAM for HIV Core group of persons withHIV from personal networks andcontacts made through fieldwork, USA
Chen et al. May 2009 [[46]] HIV 29 patients, semi-structured, in-depth interview To explore issues related to attitudes toward CAM Ditan hospital in Beijing, China
McDonald et al. Oct. 2010 [[40]] HIV 9 patients, semi-structured interviews To examine the sociocultural meaning and use of CAM Referrals from CAM practitioners at community-basedhealth service for PLWHA, Melbourne, Australia
Walter et al. May 2004 [[33]] Menopause 36 patients, focus groups, and 4 semi-structuredinterviews To examine patients’ perspectives of riskcommunication two Cambridge practices from contrasting parts of thecity
Patterson et al. Jan. 2008 [[34]] Primary Care 13 patients, semi-structured interviews, adolescents15–20 years To explore adolescent CAM use Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Conboy et al. 2008 [[24]] Endometriosis 7 patients, semi-structured interviews, adolescents13–22 years To understand experiences of adolescents withacupuncture primarilythrough the Division of Gynecology ofChildren’s Hospital, Boston, MA