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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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The roll out of antiretroviral therapy in the South African public health sector in 2004 was preceded by the politicisation of HIV-infection which was used to promote traditional medicine for the management of...

    Authors: Manimbulu Nlooto and Panjasaram Naidoo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:128

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    The purpose of the study was to compare utilization of conventional psychotropic drugs among patients seeking care for anxiety and depression disorders (ADDs) from general practitioners (GPs) who strictly pres...

    Authors: Lamiae Grimaldi-Bensouda, Lucien Abenhaim, Jacques Massol, Didier Guillemot, Bernard Avouac, Gerard Duru, France Lert, Anne-Marie Magnier, Michel Rossignol, Frederic Rouillon and Bernard Begaud

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:125

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    CAM inclusion into the curricula of health training institutions, a strategy for its integration into the main stream healthcare delivery system is growing globally. Future healthcare professionals knowledge a...

    Authors: Peter Bai James, Abdulai Jawo Bah and Idrissa Momoh Kondorvoh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:121

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    The use of herbal medicines for health prevention and ailments is an increasing trend worldwide. Women in pregnancy are no exception; the reported prevalence of herbal medicine use in pregnancy ranges from 1 t...

    Authors: D. A. Kennedy, A. Lupattelli, G. Koren and H. Nordeng

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:102

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of our study was to determine the prevalence of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) use in patients with chronic diseases in lower Mekong countries.

    Authors: Karl Peltzer, Supa Pengpid, Apa Puckpinyo, Siyan Yi and Le Vu Anh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:92

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    Almost half of the patients with gout are not prescribed urate-lowering therapy (ULT) by their health care provider and >50 % use complementary and alternative therapies. Diet modification is popular among gou...

    Authors: Jasvinder A. Singh, Nipam Shah and N. Lawrence Edwards

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:90

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    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread but has various utilization rates according to country and the condition of patients. Generally, CAM is more frequently used in diseases that have no ...

    Authors: Min-Jeong Jeong, Hye-Yoon Lee, Jung-Hwa Lim and Young-Ju Yun

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:91

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    Ayurveda has its historical roots in India, but has also been internationalised, partly via migration and partly through an increased interest in alternative medicine in the West, where studies point toward in...

    Authors: Maria Niemi and Göran Ståhle

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:62

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    Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health condition in Australia. In addition, there are many people who experience problematic anxiety symptoms who do not receive an anxiety disorder diagnosis bu...

    Authors: Erica McIntyre, Anthony J. Saliba, Karl K. Wiener and Jerome Sarris

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:60

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Traditional medicine (TM) still plays an important role in a number of health care systems around the world, especially across Asian and African countries. In Vietnam, however, little is known about preference...

    Authors: Bach Xuan Tran, Ngan Kim Nguyen, Lan Phuong Nguyen, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Vuong Minh Nong and Long Hoang Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:48

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  18. Content type: Research article

    In Malaysia, the number of reported cases of dengue fever demonstrates an increasing trend. Since dengue fever has no vaccine or antiviral treatment available, it has become a burden. Complementary and alterna...

    Authors: SiewMooi Ching, Vasudevan Ramachandran, Lai Teck Gew, Sazlyna Mohd Sazlly Lim, Wan Aliaa Wan Sulaiman, Yoke Loong Foo, Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria, Nurul Huda Samsudin, Paul Chih Ming Chih Lau, Sajesh K. Veettil and Fankee Hoo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:37

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The dental filling material amalgam is generally well tolerated. However, a small proportion of dental patients experience health complaints which they attribute to amalgam. The symptom pattern is often simila...

    Authors: Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Frauke Musial, Harald J. Hamre, Lars Björkman, Trine Stub, Anita Salamonsen and Terje Alræk

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:22

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) comprises a variety of health care systems, practices, and products that are not usually thought to be part of allopathic medicine. This study investigated the pare...

    Authors: Ghulam Mustafa, Nadir Bashir and Muhammad Aslam

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2016 16:14

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    Though traditional Korean medicine plays an important role in the Korean parallel health care system, there is limited information about the preference and usage of traditional Korean medicine compared to West...

    Authors: In-Hwan Oh, Seok-Jun Yoon, Minjung Park and SoHee An

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:141

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Despite the popularity of naturopathic and herbal medicine in New Zealand there remains limited data on New Zealand-based naturopathic and herbal medicine practice.

    Authors: Phillip Cottingham, Jon Adams, Ram Vempati, Jill Dunn and David Sibbritt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:114

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    The use and value of different complementary therapies requires investigation. In particular, qualitative research is required to understand the perceptions and experiences of patients who undergo healing ther...

    Authors: Andrew Soundy, Rhonda T Lee, Tom Kingstone, Sukhdev Singh, Pankaj R Shah and Lesley Roberts

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:106

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:326

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    Traditional medicine (TM) has been established as a two-edged sword. On one edge numerous forms of TM have been proven safe and effective, while on the other edge various modes of TM have been shown to be futi...

    Authors: Yousef Mohammad, Ahmed Al-Ahmari, Fahad Al-Dashash, Fawaz Al-Hussain, Firas Al-Masnour, Abdullah Masoud and Hoda Jradi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:102

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    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been practiced for centuries owing to the absence or limited availability of conventional medicine. CAM has persisted globally with over USD34 billion spent ann...

    Authors: Mandreker Bahall and Mark Edwards

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:99

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s aging process, characterized by the cessation of menstruation. Women who are going through the menopause transition can experience physiological symptoms that signific...

    Authors: Jennifer Croden, Sue Ross, Nese Yuksel and Beate C Sydora

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:86

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread among children in Germany and other European countries. Only a few studies are available on trends in pediatric CAM use over time. The stud...

    Authors: Salvatore Italia, Helmut Brand, Joachim Heinrich, Dietrich Berdel, Andrea von Berg and Silke Britta Wolfenstetter

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:49

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Historically, alongside regulatory and jurisdictional differences in scope of practices, practice patterns of naturopathic doctors (NDs) have varied widely to promote holistic or whole-person treatment using a...

    Authors: Deborah A Kennedy, Bob Bernhardt, Tara Snyder, Viviana Bancu and Kieran Cooley

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:37

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between patient expectations about a treatment and the treatment outcomes, particularly for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies, is not well understood. Using qualitative da...

    Authors: Emery R Eaves, Karen J Sherman, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Clarissa Hsu, Mark Nichter, Judith A Turner and Daniel C Cherkin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 15:12

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  30. Content type: Research article

    In 2011 there were 5.5 million HIV infected people in South Africa and 71% of those requiring antiretroviral therapy (ART) received it. The effective integration of traditional medical practitioners and biomed...

    Authors: Paul Mee, Ryan G Wagner, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Chodziwadziwa Kabudula, Kathleen Kahn, Sangeetha Madhavan, Mark Collinson, Peter Byass and Stephen M Tollman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:504

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Despite a high prevalence of herbal and dietary supplement use (HDS) in pre-dialysis patients, the reasons are unknown as to why they decide to use HDS. Objectives of the cross-sectional and qualitative studie...

    Authors: Mayuree Tangkiatkumjai, Helen Boardman, Kearkiat Praditpornsilpa and Dawn-Marie Walker

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:473

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex reproductive endocrinopathy affecting up to 20% of reproductive aged women. Whilst there are effective pharmaceutical treatment options, women with PCOS have expre...

    Authors: Susan Arentz, Caroline Anne Smith, Jason Anthony Abbott and Alan Bensoussan

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:472

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Self-reported use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) varies widely from 10% to 75% in the general populations worldwide. When limited to use of a CAM provider 2% to 49% reported use is found. CAM ...

    Authors: Agnete E Kristoffersen, Trine Stub, Anita Salamonsen, Frauke Musial and Katarina Hamberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:463

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The widespread use of CAM around the world requires health professionals including pharmacists to have the required knowledge to better advise their patients. This has lead to an increased need for the inclusi...

    Authors: Peter B James and Abdulai J Bah

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:438

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Traditional Korean medicine (TKM) is acknowledged to be prevalent among the Korean public, but few follow-up studies are available to confirm this commonly held belief. Whereas most survey studies have focused...

    Authors: Jong-Min Woo, Eun-Ji Park, Minhee Lee, Miyoung Ahn, Soohyun Kwon and Ki Hoon Koo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:436

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    Maternal health is a public health priority in many African countries, but little is known about herbal medicine use in pregnancy. This study aimed to determine the pattern of use of herbal medicine in an urba...

    Authors: Mamothena Carol Mothupi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:432

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    The inclusion of prayer-for-health (PFH) in the definition of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) has resulted in higher levels of CAM use. The objective of this study was to assess PFH and CAM use among ...

    Authors: Ping Lei Chui, Khatijah Lim Abdullah, Li Ping Wong and Nur Aishah Taib

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:425

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is increasing. Although CAM often improves patients’ well-being, it can also lead to side-effects and interactions wi...

    Authors: Annelie Lindberg, Bjöörn Fossum, Per Karlen and Lena Oxelmark

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:407

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    Although studies have shown that a large proportion of cancer patients use CAM, no study on CAM use amongst orthopaedic oncology patients has been published. Therefore, this study aims to determine the prevale...

    Authors: Amreeta Dhanoa, Tze Lek Yong, Stephanie Jin Leng Yeap, Isaac Shi Zhung Lee and Vivek Ajit Singh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:404

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    Little is known about the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for colorectal cancer, despite the high incidence of colorectal cancer and the frequency of CAM use for cancer-related symptoms. Th...

    Authors: Nina Nissen, Anita Lunde, Christina Gundgaard Pedersen and Helle Johannessen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:388

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    The incidence of chronic illnesses has increased worldwide. Diabetes is one such illness and 80% of the diabetic population lives in the developing world. There is a rapidly growing trend towards the use of Co...

    Authors: Arjuna B Medagama, Ruwanthi Bandara, Rajitha A Abeysekera, Buddhini Imbulpitiya and Thamudika Pushpakumari

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:374

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Probiotic products that may modify the intestinal microbiota are becoming increasingly available and known to consumers due to their potential to prevent or treat many pediatric health conditions. As scientifi...

    Authors: Sarah L Bridgman, Meghan B Azad, Catherine J Field, Nicole Letourneau, David W Johnston, Bonnie J Kaplan and Anita L Kozyrskyj

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:366

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  43. Content type: Research article

    There is growing interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) throughout the world, however previous research done in Japan has focused primarily on CAM use in major cities. The purpose ...

    Authors: Gregory Shumer, Sara Warber, Satoko Motohara, Ayaka Yajima, Melissa Plegue, Matthew Bialko, Tomoko Iida, Kiyoshi Sano, Masaki Amenomori, Tsukasa Tsuda and Michael D Fetters

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:360

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    Acupuncture is an effective complement to pharmacological therapy in the alleviation of chronic pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It has mild or no side effects; however, a minimum of 3 months of therapy is r...

    Authors: Yudan Liang and Dongfang Gong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:345

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used in Germany, with some treatments eligible for health insurance reimbursements. CAM encourages patients to play an active role in their healing proces...

    Authors: Lena Schützler and Claudia M Witt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:320

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Positive patient expectations are often believed to be associated with greater benefits from complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments. However, clinical studies of CAM treatments for chronic pai...

    Authors: Clarissa Hsu, Karen J Sherman, Emery R Eaves, Judith A Turner, Daniel C Cherkin, DeAnn Cromp, Lisa Schafer and Cheryl Ritenbaugh

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:276

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Use of food supplements-containing phytoestrogens among postmenopausal women is rapidly increasing. Although phytoestrogens are often perceived as safe, evidence for overall positive risk-benefit profile is st...

    Authors: Anna Girardi, Carlo Piccinni, Emanuel Raschi, Ariola Koci, Benedetta Vitamia, Elisabetta Poluzzi and Fabrizio De Ponti

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:262

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