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Integrative Medicine CAM

Dennis Anheyer, Christine Kern, Gustav Dobos, Holger Cramer
BACKGROUND: In the United States there is an increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as well as integrative medicine (IM) in pediatrics. This study investigates the extent of knowledge and practical application of and attitudes towards the use and integration of CAM/IM therapies in two German pediatric clinics. METHODS: A semi-standardized qualitative interview study was conducted in a rural children's hospital in Bavaria and in a children's clinic in the metropolitan area of Ruhr...
December 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Juliana Christina, Wendy Abigail, Lesley A Cuthbertson, Dean Whitehead
The aim of this study was to explore nurses' knowledge and attitudes toward the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients in a palliative care setting. A descriptive qualitative approach was used in this study. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 nurses recruited using purposive sampling. The data were analyzed using an inductive semantic approach. Thematic analysis identified that nurses possess limited knowledge of CAM. Nurses were skeptical toward CAM and less confident to recommend its use...
November 10, 2018: Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
Deborah Sharp, Ava Lorenc, Gene Feder, Paul Little, Sandra Hollinghurst, Stewart Mercer, Hugh MacPherson
BACKGROUND: Comorbidity of musculoskeletal (MSK) and mental health (MH) problems is common but challenging to treat using conventional approaches. Integration of conventional with complementary approaches (CAM) might help address this challenge. Integration can aim to transform biomedicine into a new health paradigm or to selectively incorporate CAM in addition to conventional care. This study explored professionals' experiences and views of CAM for comorbid patients and the potential for integration into UK primary care...
October 29, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Szilvia Zörgő, Olga L Olivas Hernández
INTRODUCTION: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use has been increasing in the past decades in tandem with changes regarding the notions of health and illness. Comparing conventional medicine (CM) and CAM in how they address health problems has been a point of focus for both the health sciences and individuals dealing with health problems. Various social, cultural, political, economic, and personal factors play a role in whether different health approaches are integrated or not when addressing illness experiences...
December 2018: Integrative Cancer Therapies
Loisa Drozdoff, Evelyn Klein, Marion Kiechle, Daniela Paepke
BACKGROUND: Biologically-based complementary medicines (BB-CAM) including herbs and nutritional supplements are frequently taken by breast- and gynecological cancer patients undergoing systemic therapy. The aim of this study was to analyze the use of these natural CAM methods under systemic therapy. METHODS: From September 2014 to December 2014 and February 2017 to May 2017 all patients (n= 717) undergoing systemic therapy at the day care unit, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Technical University Munich, Germany, with breast- and/or gynecological cancer were included in this survey...
September 24, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Melanie Schwermer, Alfred Längler, Katharina Fetz, Thomas Ostermann, Tycho Jan Zuzak
BACKGROUND: In Europe only few integrative pediatric wards exists and there are two German hospitals focusing on anthroposophic medicine as part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Whilst the most common pediatric diseases are treated here, pseudocroup patients make up a large group in these hospitals, receiving conventional as well as anthroposophic therapies. However, effectiveness of these therapy concepts mostly based on physicians' experiences but clinical studies are hitherto missing...
October 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Thomas Efferth, Mita Banerjee, Mohammad Sanad Abu-Darwish, Sara Abdelfatah, Madeleine Böckers, Dipita Bhakta-Guha, Vanderlan Bolzani, Salah Daak, Ömür Lutfiye Demirezer, Mona Dawood, Monika Efferth, Hesham R El-Seedi, Nicolas Fischer, Henry J Greten, Sami Hamdoun, Chunlan Hong, Markus Horneber, Onat Kadioglu, Hassan E Khalid, Sami A Khalid, Victor Kuete, Nuha Mahmoud, José Marin, Armelle Mbaveng, Jacob Midiwo, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Janine Naß, Olipa Ngassapa, Dominic Ochwang'i, Leonida K Omosa, Edna A Ooko, Nadire Özenver, Paramasivan Poornima, Marta Rodriguez Romero, Mohamed E M Saeed, Ligia Salgueiro, Ean-Jeong Seo, Ge Yan, Zahir Yasin, Elfatih M Saeed, Norbert W Paul
BACKGROUND: Practices of biopiracy to use genetic resources and indigenous knowledge by Western companies without benefit-sharing of those, who generated the traditional knowledge, can be understood as form of neocolonialism. HYPOTHESIS: The One-World Medicine concept attempts to merge the best of traditional medicine from developing countries and conventional Western medicine for the sake of patients around the globe. STUDY DESIGN: Based on literature searches in several databases, a concept paper has been written...
June 11, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Marion Eckert, Catharina Amarell, Dennis Anheyer, Holger Cramer, Gustav Dobos
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has not been systematically institutionalized in pediatric hospital care in Germany so far. For the responsible implementation and systematic evaluation of CAM in pediatric care, a model project was initialized in three different pediatric hospitals in Germany, one of them being the "Kinderkrankenhaus St. Marien" in Landshut, Germany. During this project, a concept of the implementation process was developed based on clinical care, teaching, and scientific evaluation...
September 4, 2018: Children
Samer Kharroubi, Rana F Chehab, Chirine El-Baba, Mohamad Alameddine, Farah Naja
The main objective of this study was to identify predictors of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use in Lebanon. Data for this study were drawn from a national survey conducted among Lebanese adults (n=1500). A modified version of the Social Behavioral Model (SBM) was used to understand CAM use in the study population. In this version, predisposing factors included sociodemographic characteristics (age, gender, education, and employment) and Push and Pull factors. Additionally, enabling resources included income, and medical need encompassed presence of chronic disease and perceived health status...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Yifei Dai, Liang Sun, Weijie Qiang
Currently, cancer has become one of the major refractory diseases threatening human health. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has gradually become an alternative choice for patients, which can be attributed to the high cost of leading cancer treatments (including surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy) and the severe related adverse effects. As a critical component of CAM, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has increasing application in preventing and treating cancer over the past few decades. Huanglian Jiedu Decoction (HJD), a classical Chinese compound formula, has been recognized to exert a beneficial effect on cancer treatment, with few adverse effects reported...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Nicholas Lintzeris, Jessica Driels, Natalie Elias, Jonathon C Arnold, Iain S McGregor, David J Allsop
OBJECTIVE: To explore patterns of cannabis use for medical purposes in Australia immediately prior to the 2016 legislation for frameworks for medical cannabis use. Design, setting: Anonymous online survey with convenience sample, April-October 2016. Participants were recruited through online media and at professional and consumer forums. PARTICIPANTS: Adults (at least 18 years of age) who reported using a cannabis product for self-identified medical or therapeutic reasons during the preceding 12 months...
August 3, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
Kerstin A Kessel, Evelyn Klein, Carolin C Hack, Stephanie E Combs
INTRODUCTION: Recently, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has moved more into the focus, and cancer societies such as the German Cancer Society (Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft, DKG) have established working groups to develop a guideline for CAM. The present work aims to evaluate the acceptance of CAM in the whole radiation oncology community. METHODS: We conducted an online survey on CAM and sent the modified questionnaire that was successfully distributed to all members of the Research Group on Gynecological Oncology (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynakologische Onkologie, AGO) of the DKG in 2014 to the members of the German Society of Radiation Oncology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Radioonkologie und Strahlentherapie, DEGRO)...
October 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
Naseem Akhtar Qureshi, Asim Abdelmoneim Khalil, Saud Mohammad Alsanad
Traditional practices constituting spiritual and religious (S/R) healing are an important component of the holistic healthcare model and are used in health, well-being, and treating a variety of diseases around the world. The main focus of this review is to summarize the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) studies that especially target S/R healing practices in Saudi Arabia (SA) and discuss the results in light of relevant international literature. From year 2013-2017, electronic searches of PubMed, OvidSP, Google Scholar, and two publishing housing Web sites (Sciencedomain...
July 31, 2018: Journal of Religion and Health
S Grace, J Bradbury, C Avila, A Du Chesne
OBJECTIVE: To explore healthcare consumers' experiences of healthcare service integration. METHODS: This phenomenological study comprised three focus groups of 13 participants who were purposively invited to span three broad generations: young adults, middle-aged adults and seniors. Transcripts of focus group recordings were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Key themes were that: (i) healthcare consumers manage their own healthcare, (ii) healthcare consumers value open, non-judgmental communication with healthcare providers, and (iii) healthcare consumers want flexibility in healthcare services...
August 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Jennifer L Glick, Katherine M Andrinopoulos, Katherine P Theall, Carl Kendall
Purpose: Gender Minority (GM) individuals experience healthcare access barriers, including financial concerns and discrimination, which influence their health seeking behaviors. This study explores the alternative navigation strategies used by GM individuals to cope with these barriers and access care, both biomedical and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with GM individuals ( n =18) and healthcare providers ( n =5) identified through purposive sampling...
2018: Transgender Health
Hanna Heiman, Christian Keinki, Jutta Huebner
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to learn more about the association between the sources of information cancer patients and caregivers use and their eHealth literacy. METHODS: We distributed a standardized questionnaire among participants of a lecture program on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). RESULTS: Among 182 attendants, the Internet was the third most important source of information (57%), preceded by the oncologist (67%) and print media (61%)...
July 13, 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Jan Valentini, Katharina Glassen, Christiane Eicher, Phoebe Washington-Dorando, Stefan Weinschenk, Berthold Musselmann, Jost Steinhaeuser, Stefanie Joos
BACKGROUND:  In 2002, the new version of the German Medical Licensure Act integrated Naturopathy and Complementary Medicine into the cross-sectoral unit 12 "Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Naturopathy" (QB12) of the medical undergraduate course. At the University of Heidelberg, Complementary Medicine (CAM) is an obligatory clinical subject of the medical undergraduate curriculum and is delivered in the form of lectures and small group work. As a central educational objective, medical students should be able to explain the principles of classical Naturopathy and the most commonly used CAM procedures...
July 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Nikolas Schürger, Evelyn Klein, Alexander Hapfelmeier, Marion Kiechle, Daniela Paepke
BACKGROUND: Although integrative medicine is gaining increasing attention and is claiming more and more its place in modern health care, it still plays a marginal role in conventional maternity care. The present study aims to examine the patterns of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use and the demand for integrative therapies, including CAM, relaxation therapies, nutritional counseling, and psychological assistance, among women in pregnancy and childbed. METHODS: The survey was conducted from April 2017 to July 2017 by means of a pseudo-anonymous 38-item questionnaire at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University of Munich...
June 15, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
James H Rimmer, Mohanraj Thirumalai, Hui-Ju Young, Dori Pekmezi, Tracy Tracy, Emily Riser, Tapan Mehta
Long-term exercise/rehabilitation is an integral component of the continual care for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, access to this care, which includes comprehensive exercise/rehabilitation services to people with MS, remains a significant challenge, especially in rural, low-income areas. Telerehabilitation, or what we refer to as teleexercise, can help fill service gaps for underserved MS populations in this region. This pragmatic, cluster randomized controlled effectiveness trial will compare a 12-week, 20 session complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention composed of neurorehabilitative (functional) exercise, yoga and Pilates delivered at home, using pre-loaded tablets and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system technology (TeleCAM), to the same intervention delivered in clinic by a therapist (DirectCAM)...
August 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
Jacqueline R Halladay, Kaitlin C Lenhart, Kimberly Robasky, Wendell Jones, Wayne F Homan, Doyle M Cummings, Crystal W Cené, Alan L Hinderliter, Cassandra L Miller, Katrina E Donahue, Beverly A Garcia, Thomas C Keyserling, Alice S Ammerman, Cam Patterson, Darren A DeWalt, Larry F Johnston, Monte S Willis, Jonathan C Schisler
As part of the Heart Healthy Lenoir Project, we developed a practice level intervention to improve blood pressure control. The goal of this study was: (i) to determine if single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that associate with blood pressure variation, identified in large studies, are applicable to blood pressure control in subjects from a rural population; (ii) to measure the association of these SNPs with subjects' responsiveness to the hypertension intervention; and (iii) to identify other SNPs that may help understand patient-specific responses to an intervention...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Personalized Medicine
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