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

    The utilization of traditional Chinese medicine in patients with dysfunctional uterine bleeding in Taiwan: a nationwide population-based study

    Many patients with gynecological disorders seek traditional medicine consultations in Asian countries. This study intended to investigate the utilization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in patients with ...

    Yi-Rong Lin, Mei-Yao Wu, Jen-Huai Chiang, Hung-Rong Yen and Su-Tso Yang

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:427

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Ethnopharmacological survey of home remedies used for treatment of hair and scalp and their methods of preparation in the West Bank-Palestine

    Natural products have many uses and purposes, including those linked to pharmaceutics and cosmetics. The aim of this study was to investigate the use of natural remedies for the treatment of hair and scalp dis...

    Abdel Naser Zaid, Nidal Amin Jaradat, Ahmad Mustafa Eid, Hamzeh Al Zabadi, Abdulsalam Alkaiyat and Saja Adam Darwish

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:355

    Published on: 5 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Patient needs and preferences for herb-drug-disease interaction alerts: a structured interview study

    While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used in the United States and elsewhere, and hazardous interactions with prescription drugs can occur, patients do not regularly communicate with ...

    Carrie M. Christensen, Rebecca S. Morris, Seraphine Chepkemoi Kapsandoy, Melissa Archer, Jinqiu Kuang, Laura Shane-McWhorter, Bruce E. Bray and Qing Zeng-Treitler

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:272

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  4. Research article

    Ethnopharmacological survey of medicinal plants practiced by traditional healers and herbalists for treatment of some urological diseases in the West Bank/Palestine

    Throughout history, every civilization in the world used plants or their derivatives for treatment or prevention of diseases. In Palestine as in many other countries, herbal medicines are broadly used in the t...

    Nidal Amin Jaradat, Abdel Naser Zaid, Rowa Al-Ramahi, Malik A. Alqub, Fatima Hussein, Zakaria Hamdan, Mahmoud Mustafa, Mohammad Qneibi and Iyad Ali

    BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017 17:255

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

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