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

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‘The healthcare system is not designed around my needs’: How healthcare consumers self-integrate conventional and complementary healthcare services

To explore healthcare consumers' experiences of healthcare service integration. This phenomenological study comprised three focus groups of 13 participants who were purposively invited to span three broad generations: young adults, middle-aged adults and seniors. Transcripts of focus group recordings were analysed thematically. Read more here.

A Survey of Application of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Chinese Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study

To investigate the prevalence and spectrum of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) application and its related-factors in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients in China. Read more here.

Perspectives on Behavioural Interventions in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Individuals facing serious or life-limiting illness often have physical and psychological symptoms that are both difficult to treat effectively and lead to increased burden on the individual, their care partners, and healthcare providers. Read more here.

Perceived Benefits of Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Race/Ethnicity Among Midlife and Older Adults in the United States

To describe, for a national sample of midlife and older adults, the types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) used for health and wellness and the perceived benefits of CAM use by race/ethnicity. Read more here.

Biomechanical Effects of Lateral Bending Position on Performing Cervical Spinal Manipulation for Cervical Disc Herniation: A Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis

Most studies report that the common position of cervical spinal manipulation (CSM) for treating symptomatic cervical disc herniation (CDH) is lateral bending to the herniated side. However, the rationality of lateral bending position on performing CSM for CDH is still unclear. Read more here.

Demand for Integrative Medicine among Women in Pregnancy and Childbed: A German Survey on Patients’ Needs

Although integrative medicine is gaining increasing attention and is claiming more and more its place in modern health care, it still plays a marginal role in conventional maternity care. The present study aims to examine the patterns of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use and the demand for integrative therapies, including CAM, relaxation therapies, nutritional counseling, and psychological assistance, among women in pregnancy and childbed. Read more here.

Placebo by Proxy Expectations toward Acupuncture Change Over Time: A Survey Comparing Parental Expectations to Acupuncture Pre- and Postoperatively

Patients entering a treatment have expectancy to outcome based on their previous experience, the information received, and the credibility of the treatment. Once the treatment has started, patients may detect and interpret contextual cues and somatic state. Influenced and conditioned by positive or negative interpretations, their reappraisal may improve or worsen the treatment outcome. The aims were to investigate whether parental pre-treatment expectancies towards acupuncture differ compared to post-treatment expectancies, and assess predictors for possible change of parental expectancy.

Inverse Relationship between Reduced Fatigue and Severity of Anemia in Oncology Patients Treated with Integrative Medicine: Understanding the Paradox

To assess the impact of integrative medicine (IM) on cancer-related fatigue in patients undergoing chemotherapy for early and advanced breast and gynecological (ovarian, endometrial, and cervical) cancer. Read more here.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Information and Support Needs of Chinese-Speaking Cancer Patients

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is popular among Chinese-speaking cancer patients (CSCPs), but little research examines CAM use by Canadian CSCPs. The use of CAM is controversial because of potential interactions with conventional cancer treatments. The purpose of this study was to explore CSCPs’ use of CAM, sources of CAM information, and decision support needs, as well as their experience of making CAM decisions. Read more here.

The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Pregnancy Related Low Back and/or Pelvic Girdle Pain: An Online Survey

Low back and pelvic girdle pain (LBPGP) is a common complaint among pregnant women, which increases throughout pregnancy and women use various complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to manage their pain. Using an online survey, CAM treatments used by pregnant women in the UK and their perceptions of these therapies to relieve LBPGP were investigated. 191 women completed the survey and 70% experienced LBPGP lasting more than one week. Over half of women who sought treatment from a GP or physiotherapist were dissatisfied.