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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Some researchers think that patients with higher expectations for CAM therapies experience better outcomes and that enthusiastic providers can enhance treatment outcomes. This is in contrast to evidence sugges...

    Authors: Lisa M Schafer, Clarissa Hsu, Emery Rose Eaves, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Judith Turner, Daniel C Cherkin, Colette Sims and Karen J Sherman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:234

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  33. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) continues to increase in Taiwan. This study examined the use of CAM and beliefs about CAM as expressed by patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in T...

    Authors: Bih-Shya Gau, Hsiao-Ling Yang, Sheng-Jean Huang and Meei-Fang Lou

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:211

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  34. Over 30% of individuals use natural health products (NHPs) for osteoarthritis-related pain. The Deficit Model for the Public Understanding of Science suggests that if individuals are given more information (es...

    Authors: Teresa Tsui, Heather Boon, Andreas Boecker, Natasha Kachan and Murray Krahn

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:198

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  35. The overall prevalence of complementary medicine (CM) use among adults in the United States with diabetes has been examined both in representative national samples and in more restricted populations. However, ...

    Authors: Richard L Nahin, Danita Byrd-Clark, Barbara J Stussman and Nilesh Kalyanaraman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:193

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  36. Complementary medicines (CMs) are widely used by the Australian public, and pharmacies are major suppliers of these medicines. The integration of CMs into pharmacy practice is well documented, but the behaviou...

    Authors: Sarah E Culverhouse and Hans Wohlmuth

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:183

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  37. United States Army Soldiers regularly use dietary supplements (DS) to promote general health, enhance muscle strength, and increase energy, but limited scientific evidence supports the use of many DS for these...

    Authors: Christina E Carvey, Emily K Farina and Harris R Lieberman

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:182

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  38. Prenatal use of traditional medicine or complementary and alternative medicine is widespread globally despite the lack of evidence of the effectiveness of these therapeutic options. Documentation on the preval...

    Authors: Dudzai D Mureyi, Tsitsi G Monera and Charles C Maponga

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:164

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  39. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used for the treatment of infertility. While the Middle East and North Africa region has been shown to house one of the fastest growing markets of CAM pro...

    Authors: Ghina S Ghazeeri, Johnny T Awwad, Mohamad Alameddine, Zeina MH Younes and Farah Naja

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:129

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  40. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has increased significantly in Australia over the past decade. Back pain represents a common context for CAM use, with increasing utilisation of a wide r...

    Authors: Alex F Broom, Emma R Kirby, David W Sibbritt, Jon Adams and Kathryn M Refshauge

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:98

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  41. The extent to which racial differences exist in use of treatments for osteoarthritis (OA) is debatable. The purpose of this study was to describe the differences between African Americans (AA) and Caucasian Am...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:86

    Content type: Research article

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