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Table 1 Training curriculum

From: A consultation training program for physicians for communication about complementary medicine with breast cancer patients: a prospective, multi-center, cluster-randomized, mixed-method pilot study

Didactical elements Main objectives/content Size
Consultation Handbook
• Concept of KOKON consultation
• Examples from real life consultations
• Acquaintance with key elements of the KOKON consultation (1. realizing and prioritizing the needs and concerns of the patient, 2. strategies to communicate relevant information, 3. evidence about relevant CM-therapies, 4. summary and perspective at the end of the consultation).
• Evidence-based information on nutrition, and physical activity for cancer patients.
• Most common symptoms and typical patient concerns.
84 pages
• Reviews
• CAMa summaries in German
• Consultation videos
• Description of main CM therapies for breast cancer patients (acupuncture, coenzyme 10, ginseng and yoga).
• Description of most common consultation situations: demand for general information on available CM therapies, information on specific CM therapies and on CM therapy as alternative for conventional medicine.
9 h
On-site skills training
• Role plays with participants
• Exercises with data base
• Role plays with simulation patients
• CM expert presentations
• Ability to apply KOKON consultation elements in daily practice (Recognize the demand of the patient, prioritize, deal with unclear CM evidence and unserious therapies, further procedure).
• Use of KOKONBase (database on CM treatments).
• Evidence on hormone therapy, mistletoe and cancer related fatigue.
20 lectures (45 min each)
  1. aComplementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer