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Quality of Medical Service, Patient Satisfaction and Loyalty with a Focus on Interpersonal-Based Medical Service Encounters and Treatment Effectiveness: A Cross-Sectional Multicenter Study of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Hospitals

Treatment effectiveness holds considerable importance in the association between service quality and satisfaction in medical service studies. While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use grows more prominent, comprehensive evaluations of the quality of medical service at CAM-oriented hospitals are scarce. This study assesses the quality of medical services provided at a CAM-oriented hospital of Korean medicine using the service encounter system approach and analyzes the influence of treatment effectiveness on patient loyalty.

Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapy and the Risk of Dementia in Patients with Hypertension: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study

Patients with hypertension (HTN) reportedly have a higher risk of developing dementia. However, it remains unclear if use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the most common form of complementary and alternative medicine, can help lower the risk of dementia for these patients. So the aim of the study was to investigate the effects of TCM on dementia risk among patients with hypertension. Read more here.

Adjunctive Herbal Medicine Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the evidence on herbal medicine for inducing or maintaining remission in ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). Read more here.

Effects of Honey Supplementation on Inflammatory Markers among Chronic Smokers: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Honey has been demonstrated to possess anti-inflammatory property. This is a randomized, controlled, open-label trial to determine the effects of 12-week honey oral supplementation on plasma inflammatory markers such as high sensitive C-reactive protein, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α among chronic smokers. Read more here.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among Allergy Practices: Results of a Nationwide Survey of Allergists

The use of complementary and alternative practices in the field of Allergy/Immunology is growing. A recent survey of American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology members examining patterns of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and adverse effects from CAM revealed that a majority of practitioners (81% of respondents) had patients who are using CAM therapies over conventional treatments and many practitioners (60% of survey respondents) have encountered patients experiencing adverse reactions.

Chinese Herbal Medicine Adjunct Therapy in Patients with Acute Relapse of Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) resort to complementary and alternative medicine, which is used in 33%–80% of MS patients in the developed country. The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) as an adjunct therapy of patients with acute relapse of MS. Read more here.

National Health Service Healthcare Staff Experience and Practices Regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Online Survey

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing. The most common reported reason for CAM use is dissatisfaction with conventional healthcare. Several studies have reported factors influencing CAM usage and beliefs in the general public but the beliefs of healthcare staff are less well known. This paper reports the results of an online survey of 537 healthcare staff. Our study demonstrated an increased rate of patient referral for CAM from both personal CAM users and those trained in CAM.

Assessment of Dietary Supplementation in the Treatment of Vitiligo

Vitiligo is the most common acquired pigmentary disorder in the world. Due to alterations in physical appearance, vitiligo is a psychologically devastating disease. Although treatment options exist, a cure for this disease has yet to be discovered. Of recent interest in vitiligo is the relationship between diet and disease. Read more here.

Complementary Medicine for Treatment of Agitation and Delirium in Older Persons: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis

Agitation and delirium frequently occur in cognitively impaired older people. We conducted a systematic review with narrative synthesis of the literature aiming to assess effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities to address these conditions. Read more here.

Dairy Intake Is Protective against Bone Loss in Older Vitamin D Supplement Users: The Framingham Study

Previous studies showed beneficial effects of specific dairy foods on bone health in middle-aged adults. Read more here.

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