This report presents the results of a survey on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services fielded in 142 military treatment facilities across three branches of military service and the National Capital Region Medical Directorate.
Aug 9, 2017
A structured yoga program for patients with chronic lower back pain may be a reasonable alternative to physical therapy, depending on patient preferences, availability, and cost.
Aug 2, 2017
Mapping the Health Care Policy Landscape for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professions Using Expert Panels and Literature Analysis
The policy environment related to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) would benefit from a discussion involving a wide range of stakeholders about how to unify definitions of CAM as a collection of treatments vs. CAM as a professional field.
Sep 12, 2016
A Comparison of Methods for Capturing Patient Preferences for Delivery of Mental Health Services to Low-Income Hispanics Engaged in Primary Care
Conjoint analysis, used to capture consumer preferences for designing products, can be used to package more effective mental health services for low-income Hispanics within a community-based participatory research framework.
Jul 14, 2016
Advancing Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professions: Practitioners Face Many Policy Hurdles to Finding Their Place in Mainstream Medicine
The policy challenges associated with coverage, licensure, scope of practice, institutional privileges, and research may prevent complementary and alternative medicine professionals from practicing to the full extent of their capabilities.
Feb 8, 2016
This study examines mental health services preferences of a low-income Hispanic farmworker population in southwestern Arizona.
Nov 18, 2015
RAND researchers conducted a systematic review that synthesized evidence from trials of acupuncture to assess its efficacy and safety in treating major depressive disorder.
Oct 7, 2015
RAND researchers conducted a systematic review that synthesized evidence from trials of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to assess its efficacy and safety in treating major depressive disorder.
Oct 7, 2015
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Professions or Modalities? Policy Implications for Coverage, Licensure, Scope of Practice, Institutional Privileges, and Research
This report explores the policy challenges associated with coverage, licensure, scope of practice, institutional privileges, and research among the complementary and alternative medicine professions.
Oct 2, 2015
Out-of-pocket Expenditures on Complementary Health Approaches Associated with Painful Health Conditions in a Nationally Representative Adult Sample
National surveys suggest that millions of adults in the United States use complementary health approaches such as acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and herbal medicines to manage painful conditions such as arthritis, back pain and fibromyalgia.
Sep 14, 2015
Cost-benefit Analysis of a Preventive Intervention for Divorced Families: Reduction in Mental Health and Justice System Service Use Costs 15 Years Later
This cost-benefit analysis compared the costs of implementing the New Beginnings Program (NBP), a preventive intervention for divorced families to monetary benefits saved in mental healthcare service use and criminal justice system costs.
Using Participatory Methods to Enhance Patient-Centred Mental Health Care in a Federally Qualified Community Health Center Serving a Mexican American Farmworker Community
Using a community-based participatory approach, this study provided rich data regarding patient preferences for mental health care in a Mexican farmworker community, enabling a federally qualified health centre serving the community to provide patient-centered mental health care.
Comparison of Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Conventional Mind–body Therapies for Chronic Back Pain: Protocol for the Mind–body Approaches to Pain (MAP) Randomized Controlled Trial
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which addresses psychosocial factors, has been found to be effective for back pain, but access to qualified therapists is limited. Another treatment option with potential for addressing psychosocial issues, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), is increasingly available.
Jun 1, 2014
A Naturopathic Approach to the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Pragmatic Multi-Worksite Randomized Clinical Trail
A naturopathic approach to CVD primary prevention significantly reduced CVD risk over usual care plus biometric screening and reduced costs to society and employers in this multi-worksite—based study.
Feb 1, 2014
Yoga Vs. Physical Therapy Vs. Education for Chronic Low Back Pain in Predominantly Minority Populations: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
Several randomized controlled trials show yoga is an effective treatment. However, the comparative effectiveness of yoga and physical therapy, a common mainstream treatment for chronic low back pain, is unknown.
Feb 1, 2014
IMPACT - Integrative Medicine Primary Care Trial: Protocol for a Comparative Effectiveness Study of the Clinical and Cost Outcomes of an Integrative Primary Care Clinic Model
This study will use a combination of observational quantitative and qualitative methods to rigorously measure the health and healthcare utilization outcomes of the University of Arizona Integrative Health Center (UAIHC), an IM adult primary care clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.
If CIM is to be considered in broader healthcare strategies, its economic impact must be determined.
Mar 1, 2013
Economic Analysis of Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine: Considerations Raised by an Expert Panel
An international panel of experts was convened to examine the challenges faced in conducting economic analyses of Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine CAIM).
When a Whole Practice Model Is the Intervention: Developing Fidelity Evaluation Components Using Program Theory-Driven Science for an Integrative Medicine Primary Care Clinic
This paper provides a rationale for the use of practice theory and fidelity evaluation in studies of integrative practices and describes the approach and protocol used in fidelity evaluation of the University of Arizona Integrative Health Center.
Are Complementary Therapies and Integrative Care Cost-Effective? A Systematic Review of Economic Evaluations
A comprehensive systematic review of economic evaluations of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) to establish the value of these therapies to health reform efforts.
This article presents a step-by-step example of the use and testing of hypothesized curve shapes in the estimation of growth curves using hierarchical linear modeling for a small intervention study.