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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. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:443

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:410

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:409

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:399

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:353

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  6. Content type: Research article

    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.

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:321

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    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...

    Authors: Thembelihle Zuma, Daniel Wight, Tamsen Rochat and Mosa Moshabela

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:304

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    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:292

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  9. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:282

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Obesity is increasing worldwide and weight-control strategies, including the consumption of plant food supplements (PFS), are proliferating. This article identifies the herbal ingredients in PFS consumed for w...

    Authors: Alicia Garcia-Alvarez, Raimon Mila-Villarroel, Lourdes Ribas-Barba, Bernadette Egan, Mihaela Badea, Franco M. Maggi, Maija Salmenhaara, Patrizia Restani and Lluis Serra-Majem

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:254

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  11. Content type: Research article

    It is estimated that over half of the adult U.S. population currently has one or more chronic conditions, resulting in up to an estimated $1,600 in productivity loss annually for each employee with chronic dis...

    Authors: Jennifer Mongiovi, Zaixing Shi and Heather Greenlee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:248

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-based practice (EBP) gaps are widespread across health disciplines. Understanding factors supporting the uptake of evidence can inform the design of strategies to narrow these EBP gaps. Although resea...

    Authors: André E. Bussières, Fadi Al Zoubi, Kent Stuber, Simon D. French, Jill Boruff, John Corrigan and Aliki Thomas

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:216

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and herbal therapies, are accepted worldwide, and have been important from medical, sociological and economic perspectives, among haemodialysis (HD) patients. The ...

    Authors: Sa’ed H. Zyoud, Samah W. Al-Jabi, Waleed M Sweileh, Ghada H. Tabeeb, Nora A. Ayaseh, Mayas N. Sawafta, Razan L. Khdeir, Diana O. Mezyed, Dala N. Daraghmeh and Rahmat Awang

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:204

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    Due to the lack of strong evidence on safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches, the use of CAM in women during pregnancy could be hazardous for mother and fetus. Meanwhile...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Yu-Rim Kim, Mansoor Ahmed, Soojeung Choi, Nihad Qasim Al-Hammadi, Nameer Muhammad Widad and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:191

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  15. Content type: Research article

    There is increasing evidence that complementary medicine (CM) services are being used by a substantial proportion of the Australian population and this topic has attracted keen interest from primary health car...

    Authors: Rebecca Reid, Amie Steel, Jon Wardle, Andrea Trubody and Jon Adams

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:176

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Atopic dermatitis among children is an important issue due to relapses and skin manifestations. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is commonly used to treat children with atopic dermatitis. The aim of this stu...

    Authors: Yu-Chun Chen, Yi-Hsuan Lin, Sindy Hu and Hsing-Yu Chen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:173

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The use of complementary and alternative medicine including herbal medicine is increasing in many countries including Ghana. However, there is paucity of research on the perspectives of patrons of herbal medic...

    Authors: Lydia Aziato and Hannah Ohemeng Antwi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:142

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  18. Content type: Research article

    To assess the prevalence of cyclic perimenstrual pain and discomfort and to detail the pattern of complementary and alternative (CAM) use adopted by women for the treatment of these symptoms.

    Authors: Carole Fisher, Jon Adams, Louise Hickman and David Sibbritt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:129

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