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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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    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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  9. 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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  10. Content type: Research article

    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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  11. Content type: Research article

    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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  12. 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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  13. Content type: Research article

    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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  14. Content type: Research article

    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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Content type: Research article

    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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  19. 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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  20. 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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