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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

    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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    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. 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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    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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    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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    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. 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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    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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    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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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