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Vinita Pandey
BACKGROUND: Seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is common and can considerably reduce the quality of life of sufferers. Despite the wide everyday application and promising results with homeopathy, scientific evidence of its effectiveness for most ailments is scarce. AIM: The assessment of the clinical effectiveness of homeopathic remedies in the alleviation of hay fever symptoms in a typical clinical setting. METHODS: We performed a clinical observational study of eight patients in the treatment of hay fever symptoms over a two-year period (2012 and 2013) using Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) self-evaluation questionnaires at baseline and again after two weeks and four weeks of homeopathic treatment...
May 2016: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Philippa Fibert, Clare Relton, Morag Heirs, Deborah Bowden
UNLABELLED: 20 consecutively enrolled children age 5-16 with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) received treatment by a homeopath (8 consultations and individualized remedies) for one year. Ten subsequently enrolled children received similar time and attention for 4 months. The study explored optimum treatment protocols; the effectiveness, deliverability and acceptability of treatment; and the feasibility of outcome measurement and recruitment. Parents completed Conners' Parent Rating Scale, Revised Long Version ( CPRS-R: L) every 4 months, from which DSMIV total scores were extracted; and Measure Your Own Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) every consultation...
May 2016: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
Pamela Siegel, Pedro Mourão Roxo da Motta, Luis G da Silva, Celso Stephan, Carmen Silvia Passos Lima, Nelson Filice de Barros
The purpose of this pilot study was to explore whether individualized Reiki given to cancer patients at a Brazilian hospital improved symptoms and well-being. Data from 36 patients who received 5 Reiki sessions were collected using the MYMOP and were compared before and after their treatment and also with 14 patients who did not receive Reiki and who acted as a comparison group. Twenty-one patients reported feeling better, 12 felt worse, and 3 reported no change. Of the comparison group, 6 patients reported feeling better and 8 felt worse...
May 2016: Holistic Nursing Practice
Stuart McClean, Sam Brilleman, Lesley Wye
BACKGROUND: Randomised controlled trial evidence indicates that Alexander Technique is clinically and cost effective for chronic back pain. The aim of this mixed methods evaluation was to explore the role and perceived impact of Alexander Technique lessons in the naturalistic setting of an acute hospital Pain Management Clinic in England. METHODS: To capture changes in health status and resource use amongst service users, 43 service users were administered three widely used questionnaires (Brief Pain Inventory, MYMOP and Client Service Resource Inventory) at three time points: baseline, six weeks and three months after baseline...
2015: BMC Health Services Research
Renee M Rosada, Beverly Rubik, Barbara Mainguy, Julie Plummer, Lewis Mehl-Madrona
BACKGROUND: Clinicians working in community mental health clinics are at high risk for burnout. Burnout is a problem involving emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. Reiki is a holistic biofield energy therapy beneficial for reducing stress. The purpose of this study was to determine if 30 minutes of healing touch could reduce burnout in community mental health clinicians. METHODS: We utilized a crossover design to explore the efficacy of Reiki versus sham Reiki, a pseudo treatment designed to mimic true Reiki, as a means to reduce symptoms of burnout...
August 2015: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Katja Hermann, Katharina Kraus, Kathrin Herrmann, Stefanie Joos
BACKGROUND: Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) is a patient-generated outcome instrument capable of measuring effects from a wide range of health care interventions. This paper reports the translation of this instrument into German (MYMOP-D) and the assessment of validity and sensitivity to change for the MYMOP-D. The instrument was piloted in a German primary care context. METHODS: The translation process was conducted according to international guidelines...
2014: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Kai-Yin Hsu, Julie E Dunn, Ylisabyth S Bradshaw, Lisa Conboy
OBJECTIVES: To understand the following about patients using an acupuncture teaching clinic: (1) sociodemographic characteristics and main complaints and (2) self-reported level of patient-centered outcomes regarding pain management. METHODS/DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. SUBJECTS: A total of 458 new patients at NESA clinic during October 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010 were enrolled in the study. INTERVENTIONS: A variety of styles of Oriental medicine, primarily Chinese and Japanese style acupuncture and also heat treatments (MOXA or heat lamps) and Tui Na (Asia bodywork)...
September 2014: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Adam P Garrow, Mei Xing, Joanne Vere, Barbara Verrall, LiFen Wang, Edward B Jude
AIMS: To examine the role of acupuncture in the treatment of diabetic painful neuropathy (DPN) using a single-blind, placebo-controlled RCT and to collect data that would be required in a future definitive study of the efficacy of acupuncture in DPN. METHODS: 45 patients were allocated to receive a 10-week course either of real (53%) or sham (47%) acupuncture. Five standardised acupuncture points on the lower limb of each leg were used in the study: LR3, KI3, SP6, SP10 and ST36...
June 2014: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Benjamin L Marx, Lee Hullender Rubin, Ryan Milley, Richard Hammerschlag, Deborah L Ackerman
OBJECTIVE: Large-scale patient-reported outcomes research investigating the role of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) in general practice is limited, despite the growing use of AOM in the United States. This article describes the development and refinement of a prospective, patient-centered outcomes data collection program at an Oriental medicine college and presents demographic and clinical data. SETTING/LOCATION: Individualized acupuncture treatment at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine teaching clinic in Portland, Oregon...
May 2013: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Joanne Thompson, Rob Coleman, Brigitte Colwell, Jenny Freeman, Diana Greenfield, Karen Holmes, Nigel Mathers, Malcolm Reed
BACKGROUND: Hospital-based breast cancer follow-up provides reassurance to patients despite limited evidence for clinical efficacy. Although alternative models of hospital/community-based follow-up have yielded encouraging results, traditional hospital follow-up continues to be offered to all patients. Survival rates continue to rise; consequently, more patients are likely to require support, as many have a limited understanding of the long-term physical and emotional consequences of cancer and its treatment...
August 2013: Psycho-oncology
Adrian White, Marion Richardson, Pamela Richmond, Jonathan Freedman, Mark Bevis
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been provided in nurse-led group clinics in St Albans since 2008. It is funded by a commissioning group within the National Health Service, on a trial basis, for patients with knee osteoarthritis who would otherwise be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon. AIM: To evaluate the patients seen in the service's first year of operation and their outcome up to the end of 2010. METHODS: Service evaluation was made of patient data from the referral centre and the acupuncture clinics, including baseline characteristics, attendance data and Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) symptom, function and well-being scores over at least 2 years...
September 2012: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
M Fixler, C Ogden, F Moir, M J Polley
UNLABELLED: Patient experience of acupuncture at a GP surgery was evaluated over 18 months. Patients were referred for six acupuncture treatments of 45 min by 10 practising GPs. Measure Your Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP), was completed before the first treatment and at the start of the final consultation. A patient experience survey was completed immediately after the patient's last appointment. RESULTS: A statistically and clinically significant improvement in the mean MYMOP profile score (1...
August 2012: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Tae-Hun Kim, Jung Won Kang, Kun Hyung Kim, Kyung-Won Kang, Mi-Suk Shin, So-Young Jung, Ae-Ran Kim, Hee-Jung Jung, Jin-Bong Choi, Kwon Eui Hong, Seung-Deok Lee, Sun-Mi Choi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of acupuncture compared to a control group using artificial tears. METHODS: HASH(0x4f93b48) SETTING & DESIGN: multicenter randomised controlled trial (three local research hospitals of South Korea). STUDY POPULATION: 150 patients with moderate to severe dry eye. INTERVENTION: Participants were randomly allocated into four weeks of acupuncture treatment (bilateral BL2, GB14, TE 23, Ex1, ST1, GB20, LI4, LI11 and single GV23) or to the artificial tears group (sodium carboxymethylcellulose)...
2012: PloS One
Beverley A de Valois, Teresa E Young, Elaine Melsome
PURPOSE: Within a three-step mixed-methods study to investigate using acupuncture and moxibustion (acu/moxa) in the management of cancer treatment-related upper body lymphoedema, Step 2 obtained preliminary data about: 1) whether acu/moxa can improve quality of life, 2) the most troublesome symptoms, and 3) adverse effects. METHODS AND SAMPLE: An exploratory single-arm observational clinical study included breast (BC) and head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors with mild-to-moderate uncomplicated lymphoedema for ≥3 months, ≥3 months post active-cancer treatment, no active cancer disease, undergoing routine lymphoedema maintenance...
July 2012: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Charlotte Paterson, Rod S Taylor, Peter Griffiths, Nicky Britten, Sue Rugg, Jackie Bridges, Bruce McCallum, Gerad Kite
BACKGROUND: Medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) are common and difficult to treat. AIM: To investigate the effectiveness of adding five-element acupuncture to usual care in 'frequent attenders' with MUPS. DESIGN AND SETTING: Randomised controlled trial in four London general practices. METHOD: Participants were 80 adults with MUPS, consulting GPs ≥8 times/year. The intervention was individualised five-element acupuncture, ≥12 sessions, immediately (acupuncture group) and after 26 weeks (control group)...
June 2011: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Ann Bowden, Ava Lorenc, Nicola Robinson
BACKGROUND: Insomnia is commonly associated with chronic health problems. Behavioural and cognitive factors often perpetuate a vicious cycle of anxiety and sleep disturbance, leading to long-term insomnia. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence currently recommends behavioural approaches before prescribing hypnotics. Behavioural approaches aim to treat underlying causes, but are not widely available. Research usually includes patients diagnosed with insomnia rather than secondary, co-morbid sleep- related problems...
April 2012: Primary Health Care Research & Development
Andrew Flower, George T Lewith, Paul Little
BACKGROUND: Endometriosis is a common and disabling gynecologic condition affecting between 5% and 15% of women of childbearing age. Conventional medical intervention has unpleasant side-effects, and symptoms frequently return after treatment. Preliminary evidence suggests Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) may contribute to the treatment of endometriosis. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to test the feasibility of a novel methodology for investigating individualized decoctions of CHM rigorously and to gather preliminary data on the treatment effect of CHM for a larger definitive trial...
August 2011: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Weidong Huang, Judith Howie, Alyx Taylor, Nicola Robinson
AIMS: The aim of this exploratory, pragmatic randomised controlled trial was to investigate the effectiveness of traditional Chinese acupuncture (TCA), using an individually targeted treatment protocol delivered by a traditionally trained Chinese acupuncturist. The trial examined the treatment of chronic stress as perceived and reported by the participants, with all its diversity of presenting symptoms, rather than using a cohort approach based on a single stress-related symptom. METHODS: Participants (n=18) with high self-reported stress levels were randomised into 3 groups...
February 2011: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Tae-Hun Kim, Jung Won Kang, Kun Hyung Kim, Kyung-Won Kang, Mi-Suk Shin, So-Young Jung, Ae-Ran Kim, Hee-Jung Jung, Seung-Deok Lee, Jin-Bong Choi, Sun-Mi Choi
BACKGROUND: Previous studies of acupuncture show favourable results for both subjective and objective outcomes of dry eye. However, firm conclusions could not be drawn from these studies because the quality of the trials was too low to establish concrete evidence. Therefore, this study was designed both to avoid the flaws of the existing trials and to assess the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and qualitative characteristics of acupuncture treatment for dry eye. METHODS/DESIGN: One hundred fifty participants with dry eye will be recruited into three independent hospitals from different areas: Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, DongGuk University Ilsan Oriental Hospital and Dongshin University Gwangju Oriental Hospital...
2010: Trials
Vincent C H Chung, Vivian C W Wong, Chun Hong Lau, Henny Hui, Tat Hing Lam, Lin Xiao Zhong, Samuel Y S Wong, Sian M Griffiths
BACKGROUND: Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) is a patient generated outcome instrument applicable in the evaluation of both allopathic and complementary medicine treatment. This study aims to adapt MYMOP into Chinese, and to assess its validity, responsiveness and minimally important change values in a sample of patients using Chinese medicine (CM) services. METHODS: A Chinese version of MYMOP (CMYMOP) is developed by forward-backward-forward translation strategy, expert panel assessment and pilot testing amongst patients...
2010: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
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