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A Qualitative Investigation of Australian Psychologists' Perceptions about Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Use in Clinical Practice

This study explored psychologists' knowledge of, attitude toward, and experience with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use for clinical purposes. Using a qualitative design, 18 Australian psychologists participated in a semi-structured interview. Psychologists had some understanding about CAM; yet, there was a mismatch between their perceived and actual knowledge. While psychologists were, in general, open toward using CAM with clients they were also sceptical.

Cancer Impact, Complementary/Alternative Medicine Beliefs, and Quality of Life in Cancer Patients

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships among cancer impact, belief in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), CAM use, and quality of life (QOL). Read more here.

Does Nurses’ Role, Health or Symptoms Influence their Personal Use of Ingestible Complementary and Alternative Medicines?

To investigate the influence of work-related characteristics, health, health behaviours and symptoms on ingestible biologically-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use within the Australian nursing and midwifery workforce. Read more here.

Traditional Healer Treatment of HIV Persists in the Era of ART: A Mixed Methods Study from Rural South Africa

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) substantially contributes to the burden of disease and health care provision in sub-Saharan Africa, where traditional healers play a major role in care, due to both their accessibility and acceptability. In rural, northeastern South Africa, people living with HIV often ping-pong between traditional healers and allopathic providers. Read more here.

Sasang Constitutional Types for the Risk Prediction of Metabolic Syndrome: A 14-Year Longitudinal Prospective Cohort Study

To examine whether the use of Sasang constitutional (SC) types, such as Tae-yang (TY), Tae-eum (TE), So-yang (SY), and So-eum (SE) types, increases the accuracy of risk prediction for metabolic syndrome. Read more here.

Massage Therapy in Outpatient Cancer Care: A Metropolitan Area Analysis

Massage offers cancer patients general quality of life benefits as well as alleviation of cancer-related symptoms/cancer-treatment–related symptoms including pain, anxiety, and fatigue. Little is known about whether massage is accessible to cancer patients who receive treatment in the outpatient setting and how massage is incorporated into the overall cancer treatment plan. Outpatient cancer centers (n = 78) in a single metropolitan area were included this mixed-methods project that included a systematic analysis of website information and a telephone survey.

A Combination of Coenzyme Q10, Feverfew and Magnesium for Migraine Prophylaxis: A Prospective Observational Study

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium L.), magnesium and coenzyme Q10 are frequently used for migraine prophylaxis. Supplementation with a fixed combination of these three agents (Antemig®, PiLeJe) was investigated in an observational study. Read more here.

Perceived Benefits of Utilising Acupuncture by Reason for Use among US Adults

The number of acupuncture users is growing in the USA, having increased nearly 50% from 2002 to 2012.1 However, relatively little is known about the reason for use (ie, treatment only, wellness only or a combination of both treatment and wellness) and perceived benefits of utilising acupuncture (eg, stress reduction) according to reason for use among US adults. An understanding of reasons for use and perceived benefits may help guide acupuncturists and healthcare professionals to maximise patient-centred healthcare utilisation.

Survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Pediatric Inpatient Settings

While use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common in children, we know little about its use for hospitalized children. This survey measured the rate of CAM use, specific modalities used, and policies related to CAM use for hospitalized children. Read more here.

Prevalence, Patterns, and Perceived Value of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among HIV Patients: A Descriptive Study

Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread among different patient populations despite the availability of evidence-based conventional medicine and lack of supporting evidence for the claims of most CAM types. This study explored the prevalence, patterns, and perceived value of CAM among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients. Read more here.