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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. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) have recently become more popular and accepted worldwide. One principal step to identify the status and organize strategies of CAM is evaluating the manner and the ...

    Authors: Reihaneh Moeini, Seyyed Ali Mozaffarpur, Morteza Mojahedi, Seyed Davoud Nasrolahpour Shirvani, Narjes Gorji, Roshanak Saghebi, Farid Abolhassani Shahreza and Hoda Shirafkan

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:113

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  2. The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing worldwide. To the best of knowledge, there is a lack of studies that assess CAM use by Palestinian women during pregnancy. This research ai...

    Authors: Yara Quzmar, Zeina Istiatieh, Hala Nabulsi, Sa’ed H. Zyoud and Samah W. Al-Jabi

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:108

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  3. The prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and the modalities used by pediatric oncology patients vary widely across studies. In addition, the changes in the use of CAM over the course ...

    Authors: Emmanuelle Lüthi, Manuel Diezi, Nadia Danon, Julie Dubois, Jérôme Pasquier, Bernard Burnand and Pierre-Yves Rodondi

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:96

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  4. In the era of digital and improved conventional medicine, many continue to use traditional and complementary medicine (TCM). The prevalence of its usage is not well reported, especially in patients with end-st...

    Authors: Nor Fadhlina Zakaria, Mohd Tawfeq Mohd Noor and Rafidah Abdullah

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:94

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  5. In recent decades complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been widely used worldwide as well as in Norway, where CAM is offered mainly outside the national health care service, mostly complementary to...

    Authors: Agnete Egilsdatter Kristoffersen, Sara A. Quandt and Trine Stub

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:93

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  6. Many parents choose support such as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for themselves and their children who have cancer. The aim of this paper is to describe, how parents who have children with canc...

    Authors: Trine Stub, Sara A. Quandt, Agnete E. Kristoffersen, Miek C. Jong and Thomas A. Arcury

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:85

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  7. Customers’ expectations and satisfaction are critical to ensure a more effective role of the community pharmacists in promoting the safe use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The aim of this stu...

    Authors: Mohamad Ali Hijazi, Hibeh Shatila, Zeina Omeich, Abdalla El-Lakany, Maha Aboul Ela and Farah Naja

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:81

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  8. Large-scale epidemics have changed people’s medical behavior, and patients tend to delay non-urgent medical needs. However, the impact of the pandemic on the use of complementary and alternative medicine remai...

    Authors: Shun-Ku Lin, Chien-Tung Wu, Hui-Jer Chou, Chia-Jen Liu, Fu-Yang Ko, Ching-Hsuan Huang and Jung-Nien Lai

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:70

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  9. The new paradigm of intercultural policies focuses on rethinking the common public culture. In Ecuador, the “Buen Vivir” plan seeks to incorporate the ancestral medical knowledge, experience and beliefs of tradit...

    Authors: Estefanía Bautista-Valarezo, Víctor Duque, Veronique Verhoeven, Jorge Mejia Chicaiza, Kristin Hendrickx, Ruth Maldonado-Rengel and Nele R.M. Michels

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:65

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  10. The prevalence of CAM use is increasing. This integrative review investigated New Zealand healthcare professionals’ practice of, attitudes toward, and knowledge about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

    Authors: Lizhou Liu, Yong Tang, G. David Baxter, Haiyan Yin and Steve Tumilty

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:63

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  11. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and its impact on antiepileptic drug (AED) adherence among patients with epilepsy.

    Authors: Muhammad Junaid Farrukh, Mohd Makmor-Bakry, Ernieda Hatah and Tan Hui Jan

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:50

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  12. Physicians who include complementary medicine in their practice are thought to have an understanding of health and disease different from that of colleagues practicing conventional medicine. The aim of this st...

    Authors: N. Mittring-Junghans, C. Holmberg, C. M. Witt and M. Teut

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:46

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  13. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has gained increasing acceptance and popularity by the global community. The current study aimed to investigate self-reported evaluations of learning TCM and opinions about T...

    Authors: Fan Qu, Qing Zhang, Minchen Dai, Yijing He, Jiaqi Wu, Xian Zhang, Yuhang Zhu, Ying’er Gu, Fangfang Wang and Xiangrong Xu

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:16

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  14. About 70% of Ghanaians depend on traditional, complementary and integrative medicine (TCIM) practices for primary healthcare needs. It was therefore integrated into mainstream healthcare delivery system by the...

    Authors: Angela Kenu, Ernest Kenu, Delia Akosua Bandoh and Moses Aikins

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:14

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  15. Generally, complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) are accepted methods of treatment by patients with various types of conditions. Their use is becoming especially prevalent among patients with eye probl...

    Authors: Dania Jaber, Rafat Abu Ghannam, Waleed Rashed, Mohammad Shehadeh and Sa’ed H. Zyoud

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2021 21:3

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  16. To determine similarities and differences in the reasons for using or not using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) amongst general and condition-specific populations, and amongst populations in each ...

    Authors: Mayuree Tangkiatkumjai, Helen Boardman and Dawn-Marie Walker

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:363

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  17. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, and responsible for a global pandemic. Despite there being no known vaccines or medi...

    Authors: Jeremy Y. Ng

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:353

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  18. Australians report consulting with a naturopaths or herbalists to improve their wellbeing, yet little is known about the associations between these consultations and the patients’ health behaviours. This cross...

    Authors: Amie Steel, Stefania Tiveron, Rebecca Reid, Jon Wardle, Holger Cramer, Jon Adams, David Sibbritt and Romy Lauche

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:349

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  19. Integrating complementary medicine into medical care promotes patient-oriented care. A well-informed and collaborative professional healthcare team is essential for effective and patient-safe implementation of...

    Authors: Angelika Homberg, Nadja Klafke, Svetla Loukanova and Katharina Glassen

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:348

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  20. To understand the characteristics of prescriptions and costs in pediatric patients with acute upper respiratory infections (AURI) is important for the regulation of outpatient care and reimbursement policy. Th...

    Authors: Shan Wang, Lihua Liu, Jianchao Liu, Likun Miao, Qian Zhuang, Ning Guo, Jing Zhao, Quanzheng Li and Guoquan Ren

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:346

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  21. Pregnant women’s disclosure of herbal medicine (HM) use to their health care providers during pregnancy is crucial, as misuse of HM can have a detrimental effect on both pregnant woman and the fetus. However, ...

    Authors: Mansoor Ahmed, Hyea Bin Im, Jung Hye Hwang and Dongwoon Han

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:339

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  22. Association between socioeconomic status and medicinal herbs (MH) are rarely documented in Iran. Our goal was to measure and decompose socioeconomic inequalities in MH use among Iranian households.

    Authors: Satar Rezaei, Sina Ahmadi, Amjad Mohamadi-Bolbanabad and Ahmad Khanijahani

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:336

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  23. Medical professionalism is important for establishing public trust in doctors. Its definition is culture-sensitive. However, no research has explored medical professionalism in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TC...

    Authors: Yu Heng Kwan, Sarah Chooi, Sungwon Yoon, Xiang Ling Ang, Jie Kie Phang, Hwee Ling Koh, Julian Thumboo, Swee Cheng Ng and Warren Fong

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:335

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  24. We evaluated the long-term cost-effectiveness of antihypertensive traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) and to compare the cost-effectiveness of a combined treatment consisting of compound Apocynum tablets and ...

    Authors: Qian Xu, Nan Yang, Shuang Feng, Jianfei Guo, Qi-bing Liu and Ming Hu

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:330

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  25. It has been suggested that the combination of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with conventional medicine carries a risk of adverse effects. The prevalence of CAM usage among patients in the Swedis...

    Authors: Jenny M Carlsson, Madelene Vestin and Kristofer Bjerså

    Citation: BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 2020 20:327

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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