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Canadian Integrative Oncology Research Priorities: Results of a Consensus-Building Process

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Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, ON, Canada
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Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Faculty of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
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Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Department of Oncology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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Department of Community Health, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
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Curr. Oncol. 2013, 20(4), 289-299; https://doi.org/10.3747/co.20.1378
Received: 8 May 2013 / Revised: 10 June 2013 / Accepted: 14 July 2013 / Published: 1 August 2013
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: (1) Effectiveness (2) Safety (2) Resource and health services utilization (4) Knowledge translation (5) 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.
Keywords: integrative oncology; research priorities; consensus development; Canada; complementary medicine; cam integrative oncology; research priorities; consensus development; Canada; complementary medicine; cam
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Weeks, L.C.; Seely, D.; Balneaves, L.G.; Boon, H.S.; Leis, A.; Oneschuk, D.; Sagar, S.M.; Verhoef, M.J. Canadian Integrative Oncology Research Priorities: Results of a Consensus-Building Process. Curr. Oncol. 2013, 20, 289-299. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.20.1378

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Weeks LC, Seely D, Balneaves LG, Boon HS, Leis A, Oneschuk D, Sagar SM, Verhoef MJ. Canadian Integrative Oncology Research Priorities: Results of a Consensus-Building Process. Current Oncology. 2013; 20(4):289-299. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.20.1378

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Weeks, L.C., D. Seely, L.G. Balneaves, H.S. Boon, A. Leis, D. Oneschuk, S.M. Sagar, and M.J. Verhoef. 2013. "Canadian Integrative Oncology Research Priorities: Results of a Consensus-Building Process" Current Oncology 20, no. 4: 289-299. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.20.1378

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