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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

    Limited research has been conducted on contemporary spiritual healing in European countries. The aim of this article is to report how German healers and their clients experienced and perceived the outcomes of ...

    Authors: Michael Teut, Barbara Stöckigt, Christine Holmberg, Florian Besch, Claudia M Witt and Florian Jeserich

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:240

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    Germany is a country with a high use of herbal medicinal products. Population-based data on the use of herbal medicinal products among children are lacking. The aim of this study is to investigate the prevalen...

    Authors: Yong Du, Ingrid-Katharina Wolf, Wanli Zhuang, Stefanie Bodemann, Werner Knöss and Hildtraud Knopf

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:218

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    Some herbal galactagogues have gained reputation and recognition by the public and health professionals as alternative approaches to increase breast milk supply. This study explores the perspectives and attitu...

    Authors: Tin Fei Sim, H Laetitia Hattingh, Jillian Sherriff and Lisa B G Tee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:216

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    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) occurs in women during their reproductive age with a quite negative impact on their daily lives. Women with PMS experience a wide range of physical or psychological symptoms and see...

    Authors: Hsing-Yu Chen, Ben-Shian Huang, Yi-Hsuan Lin, Irene H Su, Sien-Hung Yang, Jiun-Liang Chen, Jen-Wu Huang and Yu-Chun Chen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:206

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    While depression is frequently managed by general practitioners, often patients self-manage these symptoms with alternative therapies, including St John’s wort (SJW). We tested whether use of SJW was associate...

    Authors: Marie Pirotta, Konstancja Densley, Kirsty Forsdike, Meg Carter and Jane Gunn

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:204

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    Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) are increasingly using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies due to difficulty in adhering to the therapeutic regimens and lifestyle changes neces...

    Authors: Farah Naja, Dana Mousa, Mohamad Alameddine, Hikma Shoaib, Leila Itani and Yara Mourad

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:185

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    The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of cancer patients’ utilising complementary and integrative therapies (CIT) within integrative oncology centres across Western Australia.

    Authors: Bonnie J Furzer, Anna S Petterson, Kemi E Wright, Karen E Wallman, Timothy R Ackland and David JL Joske

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:158

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Although a number of studies have been conducted on the prevalence of dietary supplement (DS) use in military personnel, these investigations have not been previously summarized. This article provides a system...

    Authors: Joseph J Knapik, Ryan A Steelman, Sally S Hoedebecke, Emily K Farina, Krista G Austin and Harris R Lieberman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:143

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) is potentially prevalent among paediatric patients with chronic diseases but with variable rates among different age groups, diseases and countries. There ar...

    Authors: Pauliina Nousiainen, Laura Merras-Salmio, Kristiina Aalto and Kaija-Leena Kolho

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:124

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  10. Content type: Research article

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), reproductive health problems are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality for women in Africa. In spite of this scenario and the importance of plants in Af...

    Authors: Alexandra M Towns and Tinde van Andel

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:113

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    There has been a global rise in the use of natural health products (NHPs). Proper regulation of NHPs is pivotal to ensure good quality control standards, enhance consumers' safety and facilitate their integrat...

    Authors: Abdelmoneim Awad and Dana Al-Shaye

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:105

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Race has been reported to affect the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but there is very little research on the use of CAM by ethnicity in Korea. This study explores the prevalence of CAM us...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Dong Woon Han, Eun Kyung Yoo and Woon-Yong Kim

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:103

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been commonly used for treating osteoarthritis in Asia for centuries. This study aimed to conduct a large-scale pharmaco-epidemiologic study and evaluate the frequency and pat...

    Authors: Fang-Pey Chen, Ching-Mao Chang, Shinn-Jang Hwang, Yu-Chun Chen and Fun-Jou Chen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:91

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    The National Institutes of Health reported in 2007 that approximately 38% of United States adults have used at least one type of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). There are no studies available tha...

    Authors: Lisa Strouss, Amy Mackley, Ursula Guillen, David A Paul and Robert Locke

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:85

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    Most users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) combine it with conventional medicine. Recent risk assessment studies have shown risks of negative interactions between CAM and conventional medicine,...

    Authors: Lasse Skovgaard, Inge Kryger Pedersen and Marja Verhoef

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:59

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Chronic insomnia is a major public health problem affecting approximately 10% of adults. Use of meditation and yoga to develop mindful awareness (‘mindfulness training’) may be an effective approach to treat c...

    Authors: Amber Hubbling, Maryanne Reilly-Spong, Mary Jo Kreitzer and Cynthia R Gross

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:50

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widespread and high utilization rates are associated with people who have chronic conditions like hypertension which management requires adherence to ...

    Authors: Irene A Kretchy, Frances Owusu-Daaku and Samuel Danquah

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:44

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Infertility is a public health problem associated with devastating psychosocial consequences. In countries where infertility care is difficult to access, women turn to herbal medicines to achieve parenthood. T...

    Authors: Henry Francisco Kaadaaga, Judith Ajeani, Sam Ononge, Paul E Alele, Noeline Nakasujja, Yukari C Manabe and Othman Kakaire

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:27

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  19. Content type: Research article

    As breast cancer patients increasingly use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), clinical trials are needed to guide appropriate clinical use. We sought to identify socio-demographic, clinical and psyc...

    Authors: Jun J Mao, Tiffany Tan, Susan Q Li, Salimah H Meghani, Karen Glanz and Deborah Bruner

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:7

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) is growing in the general population. Herbal medicines are used in all countries of the world and are included in the top CAM therapies used.

    Authors: Deborah A Kennedy, Angela Lupattelli, Gideon Koren and Hedvig Nordeng

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:355

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Although traditional medicine (TM) in South Korea is included in the national health care system, it is considered complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and not mainstream medicine. Therefore, the lack...

    Authors: Hyeun-Kyoo Shin, Soo-Jin Jeong, Dae Sun Huang, Byoung-Kab Kang and Myeong Soo Lee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:340

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Although over-the-counter traditional Chinese herbal medicine (COTC) is commonly used to treat everyday illness in many parts of the world, no population-based study has been done to examine the prevalence and...

    Authors: Jean H Kim, Elizabeth MS Kwong, Vincent CH Chung, John CO Lee, Terry Wong and William B Goggins

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:336

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  23. Content type: Research article

    There is little understanding of the reasons for the limited communication between patients and conventional healthcare professionals regarding patients’ use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Th...

    Authors: Hsiao-Yun Chang, Huai-Lu Chang and Betty Siren

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:319

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Main concerns for lactating women about medications include the safety of their breastfed infants and the potential effects of medication on quantity and quality of breast milk. While medicine treatments inclu...

    Authors: Tin Fei Sim, Jillian Sherriff, H Laetitia Hattingh, Richard Parsons and Lisa BG Tee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:317

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Use of alternative medicine for chronic diseases such as hypertension is common in low as well as high income countries. This study estimated the proportion of people who were aware of their hypertension that ...

    Authors: Fred Nuwaha and Geofrey Musinguzi

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:301

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Different patient groups are known to use herbal remedies and conventional drugs concomitantly (co-use). This poses a potential risk of herb-drug interaction through altering the drug’s pharmacokinetics or pha...

    Authors: Ane Djuv, Odd Georg Nilsen and Aslak Steinsbekk

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:295

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Community acupuncture is a recent innovation in acupuncture service delivery in the U.S. that aims to improve access to care through low-cost treatments in group-based settings. Patients at community acupunctu...

    Authors: Kimberly M Tippens, Maria T Chao, Erin Connelly and Adrianna Locke

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:293

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used in China for the management of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, few studies have been conducted to investigate the prevalence, perceived eff...

    Authors: Fu-Yong Chu, Xue Yan, Ze Zhang, Xing-Jiang Xiong, Jie Wang and Hong-Xu Liu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:287

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Ginkgo biloba drugs (Gb) are reimbursed within the German statutory health insurance (SHI) scheme for treatment of dementia. In 2008, a novel Gb product containing 240 mg Ginkgo extract EGb761® per tablet was in...

    Authors: Sittah Czeche, Katrin Schüssel, Alexandra Franzmann, Martin Burkart and Martin Schulz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:278

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Nested qualitative studies within clinical trials provide data on patients’ experiences of receiving trial interventions and can inform and improve trial designs. The present study explored patients’ experienc...

    Authors: John Gareth Hughes, Wanda Russell, Matthew Breckons, Janet Richardson, Mari Lloyd-Williams and Alex Molassiotis

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:260

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Obesity is associated with knee pain and is an independent predictor of incident knee osteoarthritis (OA); increased pain with movement often leads patients to adopt sedentary lifestyles to avoid pain. Detaile...

    Authors: Kate L Lapane, Shibing Yang, Rachel Jawahar, Timothy McAlindon and Charles B Eaton

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:241

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  32. Content type: Research article

    While older adults may seek care for low back pain (LBP) from both medical doctors (MDs) and doctors of chiropractic (DCs), co-management between these providers is uncommon. The purposes of this study were to...

    Authors: Kevin J Lyons, Stacie A Salsbury, Maria A Hondras, Mark E Jones, Andrew A Andresen and Christine M Goertz

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:225

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Complementary medicines (CMs) are widely used by women. Although, women in Australia are frequent users of CM, few studies have examined their utilisation by women attending a family planning service. The aim ...

    Authors: Caroline A Smith, Deborah J Bateson and Edith Weisberg

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:224

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Breast cancer survivors who participate in physical activity (PA) are reported to experience improved health-related quality of life (HRQOL). However, the quantitative research exploring the relationship betwe...

    Authors: Heather A Ray and Marja J Verhoef

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:205

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Over 50% of adults currently use dietary supplements (DS) but manufacturers do not have to prove the safety or efficacy of a DS before it is marketed. Therefore, consumers may be exposed to inaccurate DS infor...

    Authors: Mary R Rozga, Judith S Stern, Kimber Stanhope, Peter J Havel and Alexandra G Kazaks

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:200

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Yoga seems to be an effective means to cope with a variety of internalmedicine conditions. While characteristics of yoga users have beeninvestigated in the general population, little is known about predictors ...

    Authors: Holger Cramer, Romy Lauche, Jost Langhorst, Anna Paul, Andreas Michalsen and Gustav Dobos

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:172

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  37. Content type: Research article

    In order to effectively target and provide individualised patient support strategies it is crucial to have a comprehensive picture of those presenting for services. The purpose of this study was to determine t...

    Authors: Bonnie J Furzer, Kemi E Wright, Anna S Petterson, Karen E Wallman, Timothy R Ackland and David JL Joske

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:169

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  38. Content type: Research article

    There are few studies of the prevalence and patterns of herbal and dietary supplement (HDS) use in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), although many researchers and health professionals worldwide have ...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:153

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Limited study on the use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) among patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), particularly in primary -care settings. This study seeks to understand the prevalence, types, ex...

    Authors: Siew Mooi Ching, Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria, Fuziah Paimin and Mehrdad Jalalian

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:148

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Personalised (or individualised) medicine in the days of genetic researchrefers to molecular biologic specifications in individuals and not to aresponse to individual patient needs in the sense of person-centr...

    Authors: Brigitte Franzel, Martina Schwiegershausen, Peter Heusser and Bettina Berger

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:124

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Patients’ expectations of osteopathic care have been little researched. The aim of this study was to quantify the most important expectations of patients in private UK osteopathic practices, and the extent to ...

    Authors: CM Janine Leach, Anne Mandy, Matthew Hankins, Laura M Bottomley, Vinette Cross, Carol A Fawkes, Adam Fiske and Ann P Moore

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:122

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Traditional Japanese Medicine (Kampo) is often used in Japan, but very little data on its users are available. We investigated who uses Kampo, the reasons and opinions for its use.

    Authors: Lydia Hottenbacher, Thorolf ER Weißhuhn, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Seki, Julia Ostermann and Claudia M Witt

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:108

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Like any other form of healthcare, acupuncture takes place in a particular context which can enhance or diminish treatment outcomes (i.e. can produce contextual effects). Patients’ expectations of acupuncture ...

    Authors: Felicity L Bishop and George T Lewith

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:102

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Research suggests that since the collapse of the Soviet Union there has been a sharp growth in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in some former Soviet countries. However, as yet, comparat...

    Authors: Andrew Stickley, Ai Koyanagi, Erica Richardson, Bayard Roberts, Dina Balabanova and Martin McKee

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:83

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and CAM practitioners is common, most frequently for the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Knowledge is limited about the use of CAM practitione...

    Authors: Laurann Yen, Tanisha Jowsey and Ian S McRae

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:73

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  46. Content type: Research article

    In South Africa, over 6 million people are hypertensive and the burden of disease shows that cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death among adults. Although treatments exist, few people co...

    Authors: Gail D Hughes, Oluwaseyi M Aboyade, Bobby L Clark and Thandi R Puoane

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:38

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Although there is little information available to quantify the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), growing evidence suggests that CAM prevalence among patients seeking infertility treatment is...

    Authors: Sanaa K Bardaweel, Mayadah Shehadeh, Ghadeer ARY Suaifan and Maria-Vanessa Z Kilani

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:35

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  48. Content type: Research article

    There is widespread use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Ghana, driven by cultural consideration and paradigm to disease causation. Whether there is concurrent use of conventional medicine an...

    Authors: Joel Yarney, Andrew Donkor, Samuel Y Opoku, Lily Yarney, Isaac Agyeman-Duah, Alice C Abakah and Emmanuel Asampong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:16

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