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Research methodology

Edited by Cheryl Ritenbaugh

This section covers research into methodological approaches in relation to complementary medicine, including developments in techniques or protocols and the methodology of epidemiological research, clinical trials and meta-analysis/systematic reviews.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    No consistent relationship exists between pre-treatment expectations and therapeutic benefit from various complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in clinical trials. However, many different expe...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:39

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The doctor-patient encounter (DPE) and associated patient expectations are potential confounders in open-label randomized trials of treatment efficacy. It is therefore important to evaluate the effects of the ...

    Authors: Mitchell Haas, Darcy Vavrek, Moni B Neradilek and Nayak Polissar

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 14:16

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  3. Content type: Correspondence

    The 2002, 2007, and 2012 complementary medicine questionnaires fielded on the National Health Interview Survey provide the most comprehensive data on complementary medicine available for the United States. The...

    Authors: Barbara J Stussman, Christina D Bethell, Caroline Gray and Richard L Nahin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:328

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Seropharmacology arising recently is a novel method of in vitro pharmacological study on Chinese herb using drug-containing animal serum. As seropharmacology possesses the advantages of experiments in vitro and i...

    Authors: Haibo Xu, Qinghe Wu, Cheng Peng and Lijuan Zhou

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:239

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  5. Content type: Database

    The growing quantity of Complementary and Alternative Medicine literature requires databases enabled with increasingly powerful search capabilities. To address this need in the area of acupuncture research, a ...

    Authors: Benjamin L Marx, Ryan Milley, Dara G Cantor, Deborah L Ackerman and Richard Hammerschlag

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:181

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  6. Content type: Review

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an integral part of mainstream medicine in China. Due to its worldwide use, potential impact on healthcare and opportunities for new drug development, TCM is also of great...

    Authors: Qihe Xu, Rudolf Bauer, Bruce M Hendry, Tai-Ping Fan, Zhongzhen Zhao, Pierre Duez, Monique SJ Simmonds, Claudia M Witt, Aiping Lu, Nicola Robinson, De-an Guo and Peter J Hylands

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:132

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  7. Content type: Correspondence

    The aim of this publication is to present a case study of how to locate and appraise qualitative studies for the conduct of a meta-ethnography in the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM ...

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

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:125

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The growing body of data on prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) usage means there is a need to standardize measurement on an international level. An international team has published a qu...

    Authors: Meike Lo Re, Stefan Schmidt and Corina Güthlin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:259

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  9. Content type: Commentary

    Although many researchers agree that applying conventional drug-trial quality criteria to CAM studies lacks plausibility, few take on the burden of devising alternative criteria in a specific area of CAM. This...

    Authors: Mikel Aickin

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:240

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Chemoprevention crossover trials of tea can be more efficient than parallel designs but the attrition and compliance rates with such trials are unknown.

    Authors: Chiranjeev Dash, Fung-Lung Chung, Joy Ann Phillips Rohan, Emily Greenspan, Patrick D Christopher, Kepher Makambi, Yukihiko Hara, Kenneth Newkirk, Bruce Davidson and Lucile L Adams-Campbell

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:96

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are increasingly utilised for resolving difficulties conceiving. These technologies are expensive to both the public purse and the individual consumers. Acupuncture is ...

    Authors: Caroline A Smith, Suzanne Grant, Jane Lyttleton and Suzanne Cochrane

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:88

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Sasang constitutional medicine (SCM) is a unique form of traditional Korean medicine that divides human beings into four constitutional types (Tae-Yang: TY, Tae-Eum: TE, So-Yang: SY, and So-Eum: SE), which dif...

    Authors: Jun-Hyeong Do, Eunsu Jang, Boncho Ku, Jun-Su Jang, Honggie Kim and Jong Yeol Kim

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:85

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