Researchers of Traditional, Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Medicine and Health

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research in Practice-Based Research Networks: A Critical Review

To provide a critical analysis of peer-reviewed literature reporting research from practice-based research networks (PBRNs) relating to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Read more here.

Telephone Triage in Midwifery Practice: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Childbearing women commonly access maternity services via the telephone. A midwife receiving these calls listens to the woman’s concerns and then triages women according to their assessment. This may result in the provision of advice and instruction over the telephone or inviting the woman into the health service for further assessment. Midwives are responsible for all care and advice given to women, including via the telephone. Read more here.

The Efficacy and Safety of Yokukansankachimpihange for Treating Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease: An Open-Label Pilot Study

Previous clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of yokukansan, a traditional Japanese medicine, for the treatment of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). However, less evidence is available for the treatment of BPSD with yokukansankachimpihange (YKSCH), which consists of yokukansan and two additional herbal ingredients. Read more here.

Tuina for Treatment of Atopic Eczema in Children Under 14 Years: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Due to a lack of available effective treatments for atopic eczema (AE), non-pharmaceutical therapy such as Tuina has been frequently sought after as an alternative treatment. We evaluated the benefits and harms of Tuina for children with AE under 14 years of age. Read more here.

Honey and Cancer: A Mechanistic Review

Globally, cancer ranks among the most common causes of death. Multiple experimental and clinical studies have investigated anticancer effects of honey with promising results. This study focused on potential background mechanisms of this effect. Read more here.

Acupuncture for Treatment of Insomnia: An Overview of Systematic Reviews

To evaluate the reliability of the methodological quality and outcome measures of systematic review (SR) /meta-analysis (MA) of acupuncture for insomnia. Read more here.

Factors that Influence Patients’ Decisions to Discontinue with an Acupuncture Service—A Qualitative Study

The Gateway Clinic in London has been an acupuncture service funded to manage NHS general practice referrals since 1990. Patients are referred by their general practitioners for a course of up to 10 treatments. However, as many as 40% of patients fail to complete the course. This qualitative study aimed to identify patients who had discontinued treatment and explored the factors that influenced their decision to discontinue. Read more here.

Acupuncture for Symptomatic Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis, a state of delayed gastric emptying in the absence of mechanical obstruction of the stomach, has a substantial impact on people's daily function and quality of life when symptomatic. Current treatment options are based on limited evidence of benefits. Acupuncture is widely used to manage gastrointestinal disorders, although its role in people with symptomatic gastroparesis is unclear. We therefore undertook a systematic review of the evidence. Read more here.

Chiropractors’ Views on the Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Clinical Practice: A Qualitative Study

Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are widely available for use in musculoskeletal care. However, there is little research exploring the implementation of PROMs in clinical practice. This qualitative study explored chiropractors’ views on PROMs to identify any barriers and facilitators to implementing PROMs in chiropractic care and the training needs of chiropractors regarding the use of PROMs. Read more here.

Fire Needling for Herpes Zoster: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials

To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of fire needling for herpes zoster from randomized clinical trials (RCTs). Read more here.