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Low Back Pain Patients’ Perceived Effectiveness of Utilizing Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 9/27/2021
The purpose of this systematic review of qualitative studies is to explore patients’ perceived effectiveness of utilizing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the treatment and/or management of low back pain (LBP).
Factor Analysis of Traditional Chinese Medicine Syndromes and Clinical Characteristics of Patients
Xue Xue et al.
Published on: 9/25/2021
Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) causes damage to skeletal, cardiovascular, and nervous systems and is common in the maintenance of hemodialysis (MHD) patients. This study explored association between the clinical characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) syndromes in MHD patients with SHPT.
Would Integrated Western And Traditional Chinese Medicine Have More Benefits For Stroke
Linda LD Zhong et al.
Published on: 9/23/2021
Stroke is a major cause of death or long-term disability worldwide. Many patients with stroke receive integrative therapy consisting of Western medicine (WM) and routine rehabilitation in conjunction with Chinese medicine (CM), such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. However, there is no available evidence on the effectiveness of the combined use of WM and CM interventions in stroke rehabilitation.
Pain and Opioid Use: Evidence for Integrating Acupuncture Into Treatment Planning
Elizabeth Sommers et al.
Published on: 9/21/2021
The epidemics of pain and opioid use pose unique challenges. Comprehensive approaches are required to address minds, bodies and spirits of individuals who live with pain and/or opioid use. The lack of an effective “quick fix” for either condition necessitates developing effective, innovative and multi-disciplinary avenues for treatment.
Incorporating Acupuncture Into American Healthcare: Initiating a Discussion on Implementation
David W. Miller et al.
Published on: 9/19/2021
The field of implementation science is the study of methods that promote the uptake of evidence-based interventions into healthcare policy and practice. While acupuncture has gained significant traction in the American healthcare landscape, its journey has been somewhat haphazard and non-linear.
A Data Driven Agent-Based Model That Recommends Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions to Suppress
Ling Yin et al.
Published on: 9/17/2021
Before herd immunity against Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is achieved by mass vaccination, science-based guidelines for non-pharmaceutical interventions are urgently needed to reopen megacities. This study integrated massive mobile phone tracking records, census data and building characteristics into a spatially explicit agent-based model to simulate COVID-19 spread among 11.2 million individuals living in Shenzhen City, China.
Complementary Medicines and Therapies in Clinical Guidelines on Pregnancy Care: A Systematic Review
Carolyn Ee et al.
Published on: 9/15/2021
There is a need for evidence-based guidance on complementary medicines and therapies (CMT) use during pregnancy due to high prevalence of use and lack of guidance on the balance of benefit and harms.
Complementary Medicine Use and Flu Vaccination – A Nationally Representative Survey of US Adults
Wiebke Kathrin Kohl-Heckl et al.
Published on: 9/13/2021
Prior research presented inconsistent results with less, equal or higher vaccination rates among patients using complementary medicine. Given that complementary medicine includes a wide range of therapies, variable vaccination patterns may occur within consultations with different professions. This analysis aims to to evaluate differences between categories of complementary medicine regarding vaccination behavior among US adults.
Patients’ Perceptions on Non-specific Effects of Acupuncture: Qualitative Comparison
Robin S. T. Ho et al.
Published on: 9/11/2021
Non-specific effect of acupuncture constitutes part of the overall effect generated via clinical encounter beyond needle insertion and stimulation. It is unclear how responders and non-responders of acupuncture experience non-specific effects differently. We aimed to compare their experiences in a nested qualitative study embedded in an acupuncture randomized trial on functional dyspepsia.
Cannabis for Pain: A Cross-Sectional Survey of the Patient Information Quality on the Internet
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 9/9/2021
Cannabis has increasingly become an alternative treatment for chronic pain, however, there is evidence of concomitant negative health effects with its long-term usage. Patients contemplating cannabis use for pain relief commonly see information online but may not be able to identify trustworthy and accurate sources, therefore, it is imperative that healthcare practitioners play a role in assisting them in discerning the quality of information. The present study assesses the quality of web-based consumer health information available at the intersection of cannabis and pain.
Practitioner and Practice Characteristics of Australian Osteopaths Who Discuss Lifestyle Factors
Jon Adams et al.
Published on: 9/7/2021
Healthcare professionals' advice on lifestyle behaviours is a key factor in improving a nation's health. Although allied health professionals have been well placed to provide such advice as part of patient care, little is known about the characteristics of allied health practitioners who discuss lifestyle topics with patients. This paper focused upon an overlooked avenue for lifestyle advice regarding an allied health profession – osteopathy.
The Utilisation of Public and Private Health Care among Australian Women with Diabetes
Jeremy Y. Ng
Published on: 9/6/2021
To describe the prevalence of health care utilisation and out-of-pocket expenditure associated with the management of diabetes among Australian women aged 45 years and older.
Therapeutic Effect of Matrine on Collagen-Induced Arthritis Rats and Its Regulatory Effect
Xin Li et al.
Published on: 9/5/2021
To investigate the effect of matrine on rats with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) and its regulatory effect on receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) and osteoprotegerin (OPG) expression.
Integrative Medicine in General Practice in Australia: A Mixed-Methods Study Exploring Education
Carolyn Ee et al.
Published on: 9/4/2021
Globally, a substantial proportion of general practitioners (GPs) incorporate integrative medicine (IM) into their clinical practice.
CLARIFY 2021: Explanation and Elaboration of the Delphi-Based Guidelines for the Reporting of Yoga
Steffany Moonaz et al.
Published on: 9/3/2021
Reporting of yoga research often lacks the detail required for clinical application, study replication, summary research and comparative effectiveness studies.
Naturopaths’ Mobilisation of Knowledge and Information in Clinical Practice: An International
Amie Steel et al.
Published on: 9/2/2021
The contemporary evidence-based practice model acknowledges the importance of patient preferences and clinician experience when applying evidence within a clinical setting. Knowledge mobilisation (KM) acknowledges the complexities of knowledge translation by recognising and respecting diversity in types of knowledge and how such diversity can influence health care and health care choices. While there has been considerable discussion on KM in health care, it has received little attention in the field of naturopathy. Despite naturopathy’s widespread international use, it is unclear how naturopathic practitioners (NPs) use and share knowledge and information in clinical practice. This study examines the mobilisation of knowledge amongst NPs internationally.
Quantity and Quality of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Recommendations in Clinical Practice
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 9/1/2021
Approximately 70% of Americans with diabetes have used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the past year. Healthcare providers often receive minimal training on these therapies and consequently rely on clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to supplement their knowledge about the safe and effective use of CAM for the treatment/management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The purpose of this systematic review is to determine the quantity and assess the quality of CAM recommendations in CPGs for the treatment and/or management of T2DM.
A Systematic Review and Quality Assessment of Breast Cancer Clinical Practice Guidelines
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 8/31/2021
Up to 80% of patients with breast cancer are reported to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Despite this high prevalence, many healthcare providers have little knowledge and education surrounding this topic and may be inadequately prepared to discuss such therapies with their patients. Given this knowledge gap, the purpose of this study was to systematically identify the quantity and assess the quality of CAM recommendations in clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for the treatment and/or management of breast cancer.
A Systematic Review on the Effects of Echinacea Supplementation on Cytokine Levels: Is There a Role
Monique Aucoin et al.
Published on: 8/29/2021
COVID-19 is the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Cytokine storm appears to be a factor in COVID-19 mortality. Echinacea species have been used historically for immune modulation. A previous rapid review suggested that Echinacea supplementation may decrease the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines involved in cytokine storm.
Dietary and Herbal Supplements for Weight Loss: Assessing the Quality of Patient Information Online
Jeremy Y. Ng et al.
Published on: 8/27/2021
Given the high prevalence of dietary and herbal supplement (DHS) use in tandem with the growing ease of internet access, patients commonly search online for consumer health information about these products. One common reason for DHSs use includes weight loss. Healthcare providers need to be aware of the quality of online information about DHSs for weight loss so they can adequately counsel their patients and provide them with guidance surrounding the identification of high-quality information resources. This study aimed to assess the quality of online DHSs consumer health information for weight loss that a “typical” patient might access online.
Integrative Health Services Use for Depression in Middle-Aged and Older Australian Women
David Sibbritt et al.
Published on: 8/25/2021
Globally, depressive disorders affect over 311 million people and women are more likely than men to suffer depression. However, no study has comprehensively described the diverse health services used for managing depression in middle-aged and older women.
Health-Seeking Behaviour, Views and Preferences of Adults with Suspected Increased Intestinal
Bradley Leech et al.
Published on: 8/22/2021
The public health consequence of increased intestinal permeability (IP) is currently limited by the lack of patient-centred research. This study aims to describe the health-seeking behaviour of Australian adults with suspected IP.
What Influences Complementary Medicine Use for Children with Eosinophilic Esophagitis?
Nicole Hannan et al.
Published on: 8/21/2021
Utilization of complementary medicines (CMs) amongst children with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in Australia is high. Carers beliefs, perceptions and use of CM can influence the decision to use CM in children in their care. This study explores the factors influencing the use of CM for a child's EoE when the carer also uses CM.
Efficacy of Hypertonic Dextrose Injection (Prolotherapy) in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Regina Wing-Shan Sit et al.
Published on: 8/20/2021
Hypertonic dextrose prolotherapy (DPT) has been reported to be effective for temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) in clinical trials but its overall efficacy is uncertain. To conduct a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to synthesize evidence on the effectiveness of DPT for TMDs. Eleven electronic databases were searched from their inception to October, 2020.
Predicting and Preventing Diabetes: Translational Potential of Ayurveda Information on Pre-Diabetes
Sanjeev Rastogi et al.
Published on: 8/17/2021
Continued rise in incidence and prevalence of diabetes globally warrants an effective strategy for its prevention and control. Prevention of diabetes seems more logical to attempt seeing its health care burden, long dormancy, systemic affliction and poor general awareness.
Barriers and Facilitators to Promoting Evidence Uptake in Chinese Medicine: A Qualitative Study
Charlene Hoi Lam Wong et al.
Published on: 8/16/2021
In response to the World Health Organization’s recommendation, policy makers have been adopting evidence-based healthcare approach to promote the development of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine (TCIM) into Hong Kong’s health system. Disseminating synopses of clinical evidence from systematic reviews or randomized trials is regarded as a potentially effective strategy to promote evidence uptake. The study aimed to identify barriers and facilitators to implementing this strategy among Hong Kong Chinese medicine practitioners (CMPs).
Chuna Manual Therapy vs Usual Care for Patients With Nonspecific Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized
Jinho Lee et al.
Published on: 8/13/2021
The incidence rate of neck pain is increasing worldwide, and the disease is associated with a high social burden. Manual therapy has been widely applied in the treatment of neck pain, but a high-quality, pragmatic randomized clinical trial for this treatment has not been conducted to date.
Warm Footbaths with Sinapis nigra or Zingiber officinale Enhance Self-Reported Vitality in Healthy
Jan Vagedes et al.
Published on: 8/11/2021
To examine the effects of warm footbaths with thermogenic medicinal powders on vitality and heart rate variability in healthy adults.
Efficacy of Magnetic Stimulation for Female Stress Urinary Incontinence: A Meta-Analysis
Kai Sun et al.
Published on: 8/9/2021
This meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the efficacy of magnetic stimulation (MS) in treating female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and providing an alternative treatment for patients who are unwilling to undergo surgery.
A Novel Strategy Based on Targeted Cellular Metabolomics for Quantitatively Evaluating Anti-Aging
Li Feng et al.
Published on: 8/7/2021
The complexity of ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) makes it challenging to clarify its efficacy in an acceptable and scientific approach. The present study was aimed to use quantification results from targeted cellular metabolomics to evaluate anti-aging efficacy of a famous Chinese medicine formula, Erzhi Wan (EZW), and screen possible effective extracts, depending on the developed strategy integrating multivariate receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and analytic hierarchy process (AHP).
Osteopathic Empirical Research: A Bibliometric Analysis from 1966 to 2018
Chantal Morin et al.
Published on: 8/5/2021
Despite the increasing use of osteopathy, a manipulative complementary and alternative medicine therapy, in the general population, its efficacy continues to be debated. In this era of evidence-based practice, no studies have previously reviewed the scientific literature in the field to identify published knowledge, trends and gaps in empirical research. The aims of this bibliometric analysis are to describe characteristics of articles published on the efficacy of osteopathic interventions and to provide an overall portrait of their impacts in the scientific literature.
Integrative Pediatrics Survey: Parents Report High Demand and Willingness to Self-Pay
Dennis Anheyer et al.
Published on: 8/3/2021
In Germany, there is hardly any institutionalization of pediatric complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) present, which is one reason why the statutory health insurance companies usually do not cover the costs. Which in turn serves as an obstacle for integrating CIM into routine pediatric care. Within the present study, we assessed existing demand for CIM methods in parents of children in clinical primary care and whether the parents would be willing to cover the costs privately.
Insight into the Characteristics of Research Published in Traditional, Complementary, Alternative
Jeremy Y. Ng
Published on: 8/1/2021
Traditional, complementary, alternative and integrative medicine (TCAIM) can be described as diverse medical and healthcare interventions, practices, products, or disciplines that are not considered as part of conventional medicine. Inherent in its definition, TCAIMs are comprised of a wide variety of therapies with highly variable safety and effectiveness evidence profiles. Despite this, the use of many TCAIMs is highly prevalent among patients globally. The present study consists of a bibliometric analysis of TCAIM journals.
A Public Survey of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine Use during the COVID-19
Chun Sing Lam et al.
Published on: 7/31/2021
During COVID-19, the public actively sought non-pharmacological and self-management approaches to prevent infection. Little is known on the use of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine (TCIM) by the public as preventive measures. This study investigated the prevalence and patterns of TCIM use during the pandemic, and identified factors associated with its use among the general population in Hong Kong.
The INTREST Registry: Protocol Of a Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study of Predictors of Women’s
Heidemarie Haller et al.
Published on: 7/29/2021
Cancer registries usually assess data of conventional treatments and/or patient survival. Beyond that, little is known about the influence of other predictors of treatment response related to the use of complementary therapies (CM) and lifestyle factors affecting patients’ quality and quantity of life.