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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. The usage and attitudes towards medical marijuana in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients is unknown. Through the use of a survey we aim to clarify rates and reasons for use.

    Authors: Michael J. Stephen, Jared Chowdhury, Luis Arzeno Tejada, Robert Zanni and Denis Hadjiliadis

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:323

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  2. This study examined the prevalence and predictors of complementary and alternative medicine use among clinic patients with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes mellitus in western Jamaica.

    Authors: Samuel Owusu, Yai-Ellen Gaye, Skyla Hall, Anna Junkins, Maira Sohail, Sarah Franklin, Maung Aung and Pauline E. Jolly

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:314

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  3. The usage of medicinal plants as a key component of complementary and alternative medicine, has acquired renewed interest in developed countries. The current situation of medicinal plants in Spain is very limi...

    Authors: Marta Sánchez, Elena González-Burgos, Irene Iglesias, Rafael Lozano and María Pilar Gómez-Serranillos

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:306

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  4. Candidiasis, an opportunistic cosmopolitan disease is nowadays like bacterial infections which is a real public health problem. In view of the emergence of Candida strains resistant to existing antifungal agen...

    Authors: Brice Armand Fanou, Jean Robert Klotoe, Lauris Fah, Victorien Dougnon, Charles Hornel Koudokpon, Ghislaine Toko and Frédéric Loko

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:288

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  5. Dysmenorrhea is a common problem that affects female students’ quality of life and academic activities. Complementary and alternative therapies (CATs) are used for the treatment of dysmenorrhea. This study inv...

    Authors: Usman Abubakar, Amni Izzati Zulkarnain, Fatihah Samri, Sabrina Ros Hisham, Anis Alias, Muhammad Ishak, Hajarah Sugiman and Taufik Ghozali

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:285

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  6. Traditional medicine plays an important role in health care provision in the developing world. A number of cancer patients have been found to be using traditional medicine as primary therapy and/or as compleme...

    Authors: Patrick Rutendo Matowa, Mazuru Gundidza, Lovemore Gwanzura and Charles F. B. Nhachi

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:278

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  7. Chinese Medicine education is part of professional medical training in Hong Kong. An important element of this is herbal medicine, which requires both theoretical and practical knowledge. A field trip programm...

    Authors: Lei Li, Chi Wing Tam, Ning Wang, Fan Cheung, Qing Zhou, Cheng Zhang, Chien-shan Cheng, Lei Xiong and Yibin Feng

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:248

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  8. Self-care refers to a range of activities and approaches undertaken by an individual to maintain health and manage ill-health which may include various complementary or alternative approaches. The purpose of t...

    Authors: Karen Pilkington and Lisa Susan Wieland

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:247

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  9. The use of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely promoted as a natural and safe way to treat illness during pregnancy. However, prescription patterns and factors influencing its use are largely unknown...

    Authors: Shu-Hui Wen, Wei-Chuan Chang, Hsuan-Shu Shen and Hsien-Chang Wu

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:240

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  10. There is a lack of data on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). This study examined the use of CAM among patients with CHD, the reasons and fac...

    Authors: Abdelraouf O. Salah, Ahmad D. Salameh, Mohanad A. Bitar, Sa’ed H. Zyoud, Abdulsalam S. Alkaiyat and Samah W. Al-Jabi

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:231

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  11. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients is increasing worldwide. It can affect optimum glycemic management. This study was to determine the rate a...

    Authors: Md. Abdur Rafi, Dewan Tasnia Azad, Mridula Bhattacharjee, Nikita Rahman, Kazi Abdul Mubin, Md. Ajijur Rahman and Md. Golam Hossain

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:219

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  12. The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients is increasing to manage the complexities of their condition, enhance their health, and ease complications....

    Authors: Hadia Radwan, Hayder Hasan, Rena Hamadeh, Mona Hashim, Zeenat AbdulWahid, Mahboobeh Hassanzadeh Gerashi, Marwa Al Hilali and Farah Naja

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:216

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  13. Attitudes and beliefs about massage therapy have been explored among health professionals and health profession students, but not for undergraduate preprofessional health sciences students.

    Authors: Niki Munk, Abby Church, Donya Nemati, Samantha Zabel and Amber R. Comer

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:213

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  14. Complementary alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used among postpartum mothers to maintain their well-being. This study aims to determine the prevalence and factors associated with CAM use among postpartum m...

    Authors: Nik Farah Nik Yusof Fuad, Siew Mooi Ching, Dayangku Hayaty Awg Dzulkarnain, Ai Theng Cheong and Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:197

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  15. Many studies have shown that sociodemographic variables significantly predict the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), although these predictions were not particularly strong. A multitude of pr...

    Authors: Henrik Abheiden, Michael Teut and Anne Berghöfer

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:183

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  16. There is some evidence that patients with liver diseases commonly use complementary and alternative therapies to address general and liver-disease specific health concerns. The purpose of this study was to ass...

    Authors: Sara Nsibirwa, Godwin Anguzu, Sam Kamukama, Ponsiano Ocama and Joan Nankya-Mutyoba

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:169

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  17. Traditional medicine use is common amongst peoples in developing nations. Timor-Leste is no exception. However little is known about the prevalence, pattern, satisfaction with, cost or type of traditional medi...

    Authors: Robert Grace, Jacinto Vaz and Julianti Da Costa

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:165

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  18. Traditionally part of the human diet, plants with edible fleshy fruits (PEFF) contain bioactive components that may exert physiological effects beyond nutrition, promoting human health and well-being. Focusing...

    Authors: Melina Fernanda Chamorro and Ana Ladio

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:155

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  19. The 2015 MERS outbreak in South Korea was the largest event outside of the Middle East. Under such circumstances, individuals tend to resort to non-conventional solutions such as complementary and alternative ...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Hyun Jeong Cho, Hyea Bin Im, Young Sun Jung, Soo Jeung Choi and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:147

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  20. In South Africa naturopaths have been practising for over half a century. Over this period, changes in legislation have resulted in different levels of training and registration processes - which has impacted ...

    Authors: Wendy Ericksen-Pereira, Nicolette V. Roman and Rina Swart

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:139

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  21. Considerable number of patients, including Ebola survivors, in Sierra Leone, are using traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM). Healthcare providers’ (HCPs) views about T&CM is crucial in addressing the ...

    Authors: Peter Bai James, Jon Wardle, Amie Steel, Jon Adams, Abdulai Jawo Bah and Stephen Sevalie

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:137

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  22. Traditional medicine is broadly used across Asian societies for various medical conditions and health concerns. However, there remains a wide disparity between users and non-use, which makes it imperative to u...

    Authors: Benlu Xin, Siyu Mu, Teckkiang Tan, Anne Yeung, Danan Gu and Qiushi Feng

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:128

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  23. In Ethiopia, about 80% of the population use traditional medicine (TM) due to the cultural acceptability of healers and local pharmacopeias, the relatively low cost of traditional medicine, and the difficulty ...

    Authors: Fekensa Hailu, Amsale Cherie, Tigistu Gebreyohannis and Reta Hailu

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:125

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  24. There is a long history of traditional/complementary medicine (T/CM) use by women during lactation. While it is important to evaluate such use within a scientific paradigm to ensure efficacy and safety, knowle...

    Authors: Tingyun Zheng, Weijie Chen, Hao Hu, Yitao Wang, Joanna E. Harnett and Carolina Oi Lam Ung

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:122

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  25. While the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become increasingly popular in western societies, we do not understand why CAM use is more frequent in some countries than in others. The aim o...

    Authors: Erlend L. Fjær, Erling R. Landet, Courtney L. McNamara and Terje A. Eikemo

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:108

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  26. Previous research has revealed high rates of traditional medicine usage in Nigeria. Reports of widespread contamination of herbal medicine products and higher rates of noncompliance with Western medications am...

    Authors: Suellen Li, Stella Odedina, Imaria Agwai, Oladosu Ojengbede, Dezheng Huo and Olufunmilayo I. Olopade

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:93

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  27. Parents often choose Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as a supportive agent with the aim to reduce cancer treatment-related symptoms in their children. Therefore, it is necessary to understand pare...

    Authors: Trine Stub, Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Grete Overvåg and Miek C. Jong

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:90

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  28. Skin-related diseases affect every individual irrespective of age, gender or social status. Since time immemorial, humans have explored natural resources from their environment for the maintenance of the skin....

    Authors: Mamokete Venolia Setshego, Adeyemi Oladapo Aremu, Obakeng Mooki and Wilfred Otang-Mbeng

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:81

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  29. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major public health problem and one of the most challenging diseases worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has the second hi...

    Authors: Aljawharah Alqathama, Ghadeer Alluhiabi, Halah Baghdadi, Lujain Aljahani, Ola Khan, Sara Jabal, Shorooq Makkawi and Farah Alhomoud

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:65

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  30. Traditional medicine serves as a form of primary health care for more than 80% of African populations. Currently, there is no research documenting if and how African migrant communities engage with their tradi...

    Authors: Zewdneh Shewamene, Tinashe Dune and Caroline A. Smith

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:60

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  31. Naturopathy is a distinct system of traditional and complementary medicine recognized by the World Health Organization and defined by its philosophic approach to patient care, rather than the treatments used b...

    Authors: Amie Steel, Hope Foley, Ryan Bradley, Claudine Van De Venter, Iva Lloyd, Janet Schloss, Jon Wardle and Rebecca Reid

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:59

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  32. In response to high demand and the growing body of evidence for traditional and complementary therapies, the practice of integrative medicine and integrative healthcare has emerged where these therapies are bl...

    Authors: Carolyn Ee, Kate Templeman, Suzanne Grant, Nicole Avard, Michael de Manincor and Jennifer Hunter

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:58

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  33. This study seeks to investigate factors associated with using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for a mental illness among the three major ethnic groups (Chinese, Indians and Malays) in the general ...

    Authors: Vanessa Seet, Edimansyah Abdin, Janhavi A. Vaingankar, Shazana Shahwan, Sherilyn Chang, Bernard Lee, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:52

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  34. The use of medicinal plants or other alternative practices can be the only therapeutic resources for many communities and ethnic groups, especially in developing countries. In Brazil, the Ministry of Health in...

    Authors: Patricia de Moraes Mello Boccolini and Cristiano Siqueira Boccolini

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:51

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  35. In Mozambique, bacterial and parasitic diseases contribute to a high burden of mortality and morbidity. These infectious diseases are treated with antibiotics, antihelmintic or antiparasitic drugs. However, mi...

    Authors: Filomena Barbosa, Delfina Hlashwayo, Victor Sevastyanov, Valeriano Chichava, Adilência Mataveia, Ernesto Boane and Aida Cala

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:19

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  36. Although a variety of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) for children have been developed, there is no pediatric PROM specific to Korean medicine (KM) that is validated by experts in the field. The aim ...

    Authors: Jihong Lee, Sun Haeng Lee and Gyu Tae Chang

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:10

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  37. Complementary and alternative medicine and therapies (CAM) are widely used by parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, there is a gap in our understanding of how and why parents of chi...

    Authors: Caroline A. Smith, Chloe Parton, Marlee King and Gisselle Gallego

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:4

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  38. The use of Complementary Medicines (CMs) has significantly increased in Australia over the last decade. This study attempts to determine the extent to which complementary and alternative medicines are recorded...

    Authors: Freya Waddington, Jenny Lee, Mark Naunton, Greg Kyle, Jackson Thomas and Gabrielle O’Kane

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:374

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  39. Plants have been used as a primary source of medicine since ancient times and about 80% of the world’s population use herbal medicine to treat different ailments. Plant use knowledge differs in space and time ...

    Authors: Patience Tugume and Clement Nyakoojo

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:353

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  40. Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) is commonly used by cancer patients in Northern Norway, in particular spiritual forms like traditional healing. T&CM is mainly used complementary to conventional c...

    Authors: Agnete Egilsdatter Kristoffersen, Trine Stub, Ann Ragnhild Broderstad and Anne Helen Hansen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:341

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  41. Concerns have been raised regarding the efficacy and safety resulting from the potential interactions of herbs with Western medications due to the use of both herbs and Western medicine by the general public. ...

    Authors: Chang-Shiann Wu, Yu-Huai Chen, Chi-Liang Chen, Sheng-Kan Chien, Nailis Syifa, Yu-Chun Hung, Kai-Jen Cheng, Shu-Chin Hu, Pei-Tzu Lo, Shun-Yung Lin and Tzu-Hua Wu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:335

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  42. Weight gain is common after breast cancer (BC) treatment and may increase the risk of disease recurrence. Complementary medicine (CM) use is high amongst BC patients. This paper describes the use of CM from a ...

    Authors: Carolyn Ee, Adele Elizabeth Cave, Dhevaksha Naidoo and John Boyages

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:332

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  43. In recent years, acupuncture has been increasingly integrated into pediatric care worldwide. However, recent epidemiological studies about pediatric users of acupuncture are lacking. The current study aimed to...

    Authors: Chieh Wang, Yu-Chen Lee, Mei-Yao Wu, Cheng-Li Lin, Mao-Feng Sun, Jaung-Geng Lin and Hung-Rong Yen

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:328

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  44. This study aimed to develop and validate scales to assess attitudes towards patient’ s use of TCM (APUTCM) and to measure a communicative competence in TCM (CCTCM) among nurses.

    Authors: Hsiao-Yun Chang, Chia-Lun Lo and Yun-Ying Hung

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:321

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  45. Patient-centered culturally sensitive health care (PC-CSHC) has emerged as a primary approach to health care. This care focuses on the cultural diversity of the patients rather than the views of the health car...

    Authors: Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Ann Ragnhild Broderstad, Frauke Musial and Trine Stub

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:305

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  46. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among infertile women is popular in many countries, including Korea. Previous research has repeatedly found more than half of infertile women surveyed use CAM t...

    Authors: Jung Hye Hwang, Yi Young Kim, Hyea Bin Im and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:301

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  47. Both doctors’ and patients’ opinions are important in the process of treatment and healthcare of Chinese medicine. This study is to compare patients’ and doctors’ treatment satisfaction over the course of two ...

    Authors: Yanhong Zhang, Jiqian Fang, Wei Gao, Ying Han, Runshun Zhang, Liyun He and Baoyan Liu

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:300

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  48. Traditional and complementary medicines (T&CM) are any form of medicine, practice, treatment, product, technology, knowledge system or ceremony outside of conventional medical practice that aims to prevent and...

    Authors: A. Gall, K. Anderson, J. Adams, V. Matthews and G. Garvey

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:259

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  49. Herbal and traditional medicines (HTM) are widely used in Asian countries. Specific data on prevalent of HTM usage and association with chronic diseases in the Thai population is currently lacking. We examined...

    Authors: Napatt Kanjanahattakij, Pakakrong Kwankhao, Prin Vathesatogkit, Nisakron Thongmung, Yingampa Gleebbua, Piyamitr Sritara and Chagriya Kitiyakara

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:258

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  50. Parents’ use of complementary health approaches (CHA) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are common despite the uncertain evidence of its benefit. Parents often adopt CHA due to dissatisfaction w...

    Authors: Jun Jean Ong

    Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2019 19:250

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