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Implementation of Tobacco Cessation Brief Intervention in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practice: Qualitative Evaluation

This article presents findings from qualitative interviews conducted as part of a research study that trained Acupuncture, Massage, and Chiropractic practitioners’ in Arizona, US, to implement evidence-based tobacco cessation brief interventions (BI) in their routine practice.

Prevalence and Predictors of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among People with Coronary Heart Disease or At Risk for This in the Sixth Tromsø Study: A Comparative Analysis Using Protection Motivation Theory

Engagement in healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as healthy diet and regular physical activity, are known to reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is known to be associated with having a healthy lifestyle. The primary aim of this study was to examine the prevalence and predictors of CAM use in CHD patients, and in those without CHD but at risk for developing CHD, using Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) as a guiding conceptual framework.

Hypnosis in Patients with Perceived Stress – A Systematic Review

Although hypnosis and hypnotherapy have become more popular in recent years, the evidence for hypnosis to influence perceived stress is unclear. In this systematic review we searched and evaluated randomized clinical studies investigating the effect of hypnosis on perceived stress reduction and coping. Read more here.

Using Neurofeedback to Manage Long-Term Symptoms in Cancer Survivors: Results of a Survey of Neurofeedback Providers

Neurofeedback is a drug-free form of brain training reported to help with a variety of conditions including pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and cognitive decline. This cross-sectional descriptive study explored the use of neurofeedback by cancer survivors to manage long-term symptoms, and aimed to identify safe, effective neurofeedback protocols for this population. Read more here.

Rhythm-Centred Music Making in Community Living Elderly: A Randomized Pilot Study

Quality of life has become an important aspect in the measurement of the health of an individual as the population ages. Rhythm-centred music making (RMM) has been shown to improve physical, psychological and social health. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of RMM on quality of life, depressive mood, sleep quality and social isolation in the elderly. Read more here.

Complementary and Conventional Providers in Cancer Care: Experience of Communication with Patients and Steps to Improve Communication with Other Providers

Effective interdisciplinary communication is important to achieve better quality in health care. The aims of this study were to compare conventional and complementary providers’ experience of communication about complementary therapies and conventional medicine with their cancer patients, and to investigate how they experience interdisciplinary communication and cooperation. Read more here.

Physical, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorders

Pelvic floor disorders encompass abnormalities of urination, defecation, sexual function, pelvic organ prolapse, and chronic pain, and can have significant quality of life implications for patients. Current guidelines recommend behavioral modifications and conservative treatments as first-line therapy for pelvic floor disorders. We have reviewed the literature for articles published on physical, complementary, and alternative treatments for pelvic floor disorders over the past 5 years.

Prevalence and Predictors of Herbal Medicine Use Among Adults in the United States

To describe the prevalence of herbal medicine use among US adults and to assess factors associated with and predictors of herbal use. Read more here.

Complementary and Conventional Providers in Cancer Care: Experience of Communication with Patients and Steps to Improve Communication with Other Providers

Effective interdisciplinary communication is important to achieve better quality in health care. The aims of this study were to compare conventional and complementary providers’ experience of communication about complementary therapies and conventional medicine with their cancer patients, and to investigate how they experience interdisciplinary communication and cooperation. Read more here.

Integrative Oncology Outpatient Consultations: Long-Term Effects on Patient-Reported Symptoms and Quality of Life

Integrative oncology (IO) seeks to bring non-conventional approaches into conventional oncology care in an evidence-based, coordinated manner. Little is known about the effects of such consultations on patient-reported symptoms. Read more here.

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