“There’s been a change in culture between patients and providers over the past 20 years,” Silbermann said. “It’s less paternalistic and more of a partnership.”

Researchers used statistical models to identify factors associated with a likelihood of CAM use. Broadly they found that female sex, progressive disease, and a longer disease duration (time since diagnosis) were associated with a greater likelihood of CAM use, with some variation based on the particular CAM in question.