Give complementary and alternative medicine a try!

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 15. August 2014 09:36

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The study cited below analyzes a range of positive outcomes that participants in CAM trials. (CAM) stands for complementary and alternative medicine therapies. The following positive outcomes were considered important by patients, but were not captures by standard quantitative outcome measures.  Positive outcome themes included increased options and hope, increased ability to relax, positive changes in emotional states, increased bodily awareness, changes in thinking that increased the ability to cope with back pain, increased patient activation, and dramatic improvements in health or well-being.  The first five of these themes were mentioned for all of the CAM treatments, while others tended to e more treatment specific.  A small fraction of these effects were considered life transforming.

Unanticipated Benefits of CAM Therapies for Back Pain: An Exploration of Patient Experiences.

Clarissa Hsu, Ph.D., June BlueSpruce, M.P.H., Karen Sherman, Ph.D., and Dan Cherkin, Ph.D.

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Volume 16. Number 2, 2010 pp. 157-163

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