Patterns of use, knowledge and attitudes

Edited by Torkel Falkenberg

This section covers research reporting patterns of use, knowledge and attitudes regarding complementary and alternative therapies.

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  1. Research article

    Prescription frequency and patterns of Chinese herbal medicine for liver cancer patients in Taiwan: a cross-sectional analysis of the National Health Insurance Research Database

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is frequently provided to HCC patients. The aim of this study was to understand the p...

    Chin-Tsung Ting, Chian-Jue Kuo, Hsiao-Yun Hu, Ya-Ling Lee and Tung-Hu Tsai

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:118

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Medication use by middle-aged and older participants of an exercise study: results from the Brain in Motion study

    Over the past 50 years, there has been an increase in the utilization of prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and natural health products. Although it is known that medication use is common among ol...

    Tania Pannu, Sarah Sharkey, Grazyna Burek, Daniela Cretu, Michael D. Hill, David B. Hogan and Marc J. Poulin

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:105

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Prevalence and associated factors of herbal medicine use among pregnant women on antenatal care follow-up at University of Gondar referral and teaching hospital, Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

    Improving maternal and child health is one of the public health priorities in several African countries including Ethiopia. However, research on herbal medicine use during pregnancy is scarce in Ethiopia. The ...

    Abebe Basazn Mekuria, Daniel Asfaw Erku, Begashaw Melaku Gebresillassie, Eshetie Melese Birru, Balem Tizazu and Alima Ahmedin

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:86

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Demographic factors associated with dietary supplement prescriptions filled by United States Military Service Members 2005–2013

    Dietary supplements (DSs) can be purchased over-the-counter but may also be prescribed by medical personnel for specific therapeutic reasons. Few studies have examined this latter source of DSs despite the fac...

    Joseph J. Knapik, Rosenie T. Jean, Krista G. Austin, Ryan A. Steelman, Emily K. Farina and Harris R. Lieberman

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:84

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine use among patients with cancer in Mongolia: a National hospital survey

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is popular in former Soviet Central Asian countries including Mongolia. However, no studies are available on CAM use among patients with cancer in countries of ...

    Buyadaa Oyunchimeg, Jung Hye Hwang, Mansoor Ahmed, Soojeung Choi and Dongwoon Han

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:58

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  6. Research article

    Community pharmacists’ perceptions about pharmaceutical service of over-the-counter traditional Chinese medicine: a survey study in Harbin of China

    This study aims to investigate community pharmacist’s perception on the provision of over-the-counter (OTC) traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) pharmaceutical services; focusing on the areas of their attitude, ...

    Menghuan Song, Carolina Oi Lam Ung, Vivian Wing-yan Lee, Yuanjia Hu, Jing Zhao, Peng Li and Hao Hu

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:9

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Predicting adherence to acupuncture appointments for low back pain: a prospective observational study

    Acupuncture is a popular form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but it is not clear why patients do (or do not) follow acupuncturists’ treatment recommendations. This study aimed to investigate ...

    Felicity L. Bishop, Lucy Yardley, Cyrus Cooper, Paul Little and George Lewith

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:5

    Published on: 3 January 2017

  8. Research article

    A survey of evidence users about the information need of acupuncture clinical evidence

    The PRISMA statement was rarely used in the field of acupuncture, possibly because of knowledge gaps and the lack of items tailored for characteristics of acupuncture. And with an increasing number of systemat...

    Xiue Shi, Xiaoqin Wang, Yali Liu, Xiuxia Li, Dang Wei, Xu Zhao, Jing Gu and Kehu Yang

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:455

    Published on: 10 November 2016

  9. Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine: attitudes, knowledge and use among surgeons and anaesthesiologists in Hungary

    Despite their worldwide popularity the question of using non-conventional treatments is a source of controversy among medical professionals. Although these methods may have potential benefits it presents a pro...

    Sándor Árpád Soós, Norbert Jeszenői, Katalin Darvas and László Harsányi

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:443

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  10. Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as part of primary health care in Germany–comparison of patients consulting general practitioners and CAM practitioners: a cross-sectional study

    In Germany, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in primary health care is offered by general practitioners (GPs) and by natural health practitioners, so called ‘Heilpraktiker’ (HPs). Considering the s...

    Katja Krug, Katharina I. Kraus, Kathrin Herrmann and Stefanie Joos

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:409

    Published on: 24 October 2016

  11. Research article

    Health-seeking behaviours of older black women living with non-communicable diseases in an urban township in South Africa

    Various studies have shown that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) especially diabetes and hypertension are prevalent among older women living in South African urban areas, placing a heavy burden on the healthca...

    O. M. Aboyade, R. Beauclair, O. N. Mbamalu, T. R. Puoane and G. D. Hughes

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:410

    Published on: 24 October 2016

  12. Research article

    Herbal remedies and functional foods used by cancer patients attending specialty oncology clinics in Trinidad

    Cancer is a major disease worldwide, and many patients use complementary and alternative treatments. The purpose of this study was to identify the herbal remedies and functional foods used as complementary med...

    Yuri N. Clement, Varune Mahase, Annelise Jagroop, Kelly Kissoon, Aarti Maharaj, Prashant Mathura, Chrys Mc Quan, Divya Ramadhin and Cherrista Mohammed

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:399

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  13. Research article

    Perception of risk and communication among conventional and complementary health care providers involving cancer patients’ use of complementary therapies: a literature review

    Communication between different health care providers (conventional and complementary) and cancer patients about their use of complementary therapies affects the health and safety of the patients. The aim of t...

    Trine Stub, Sara A. Quandt, Thomas A. Arcury, Joanne C. Sandberg, Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Frauke Musial and Anita Salamonsen

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:353

    Published on: 8 September 2016

  14. Research article

    An investigation of the use of acupuncture in stroke patients in Taiwan: a national cohort study

    Acupuncture is considered a complementary and alternative medicine in many countries. The purpose of this study was to report the pattern of acupuncture use and associated factors in patients with stroke.

    Shu-Wen Weng, Ta-Liang Chen, Chun-Chieh Yeh, Chien-Chang Liao, Hsin-Long Lane, Jaung-Geng Lin and Chun-Chuan Shih

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:321

    Published on: 26 August 2016

  15. Research article

    The role of traditional health practitioners in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: generic or mode specific?

    Traditional health practitioners (THPs) play a vital role in the health care of the majority of the South African population and elsewhere on the African continent. However, many studies have challenged the ro...

    Thembelihle Zuma, Daniel Wight, Tamsen Rochat and Mosa Moshabela

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:304

    Published on: 22 August 2016

  16. Research article

    Usage report of pharmacopuncture in musculoskeletal patients visiting Korean medicine hospitals and clinics in Korea

    Pharmacopuncture is a relatively new acupuncture therapy combining acupuncture with herbal medicine. While pharmacopuncture is applied extensively in Korean medicine treatment, there are no clinical reports re...

    Yoon Jae Lee, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Me-riong Kim, Ki Byung Park, Hwa Dong Lee, Yoonmi Lee, Jungwan Hong and In-Hyuk Ha

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:292

    Published on: 17 August 2016

  17. Research article

    Traditional medicine practices among community members with diabetes mellitus in Northern Tanzania: an ethnomedical survey

    Diabetes is a growing burden in sub-Saharan Africa where traditional medicines (TMs) remain a primary form of healthcare in many settings. In Tanzania, TMs are frequently used to treat non-communicable disease...

    Joseph Lunyera, Daphne Wang, Venance Maro, Francis Karia, David Boyd, Justin Omolo, Uptal D. Patel and John W. Stanifer

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:282

    Published on: 11 August 2016

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