Convalescence

Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Stroke is the second most common cause of death in the world and in China it has now become the main cause of death. It is also a main cause of adult disability and dependency. Acupuncture for stroke has been used in China for hundreds of years and is increasingly practiced in some Western countries. This is an update of the Cochrane review originally published in 2006 . OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture therapy in people with subacute and chronic stroke.

Author(s): 
Yang, Ai
Wu, Hong Mei
Tang, Jin-Ling
Xu, Li
Yang, Ming
Liu, Guan J.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Kolouch, F. T.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Orthopedic hand-surgery patients experience severe pain postoperatively, yet they must engage in painful exercises and wound care shortly after surgery; poor patient involvement may result in loss of function and disfigurement. This study tested a hypnosis intervention designed to reduce pain perception, enhance postsurgical recovery, and facilitate rehabilitation. Using a quasi-experimental research design, 60 hand-surgery patients received either usual treatment or usual treatment plus hypnosis.

Author(s): 
Mauer, M. H.
Burnett, K. F.
Ouellette, E. A.
Ironson, G. H.
Dandes, H. M.
Publication Title: 
Bulletin Et Mémoires De l'Académie Royale De Médecine De Belgique

Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 procedures in plastic surgery. Our clinical success and experience with this technique led us to test wether hypnosis using active patient collaboration, could be used as an effective adjunct to conscious intravenous sedation ("hypnosedation", (HS)) for endocrine surgery, as an alternative to general anaesthesia. On a total of 1905 cervical endocrine surgical procedures performed between 1995 and 1998, 296 thyroidectomies and 33 cervical explorations for hyperparathyroidism were conducted under HS.

Author(s): 
Meurisse, M.
Publication Title: 
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

This paper examines the various meanings persons with serious mental illnesses attribute to the concepts of religion and spirituality. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with forty individuals with serious mental illnesses who have incorporated alternative healing practices into their recovery process.

Author(s): 
Russinova, Zlatka
Cash, Dane
Publication Title: 
Recent Developments in Alcoholism: An Official Publication of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism, the Research Society on Alcoholism, and the National Council on Alcoholism
Author(s): 
Zemore, Sarah E.
Publication Title: 
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

OBJECTIVE: To discuss the mechanism of action, the efficacy and the safety of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the treatment of alcoholism. METHOD: The published works on effective treatments for alcoholism is briefly reviewed and a prospective multidisciplinary follow-up of recovery from alcoholism in two community cohorts of adolescent males followed from 1940 until the present day is reviewed.

Author(s): 
Vaillant, George E.
Publication Title: 
Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

Addiction affects us all. It has wide-reaching consequences for the individual, the family, and society as a whole. This article attempts to assist providers and addicts in understanding the road to recovery. Transformation from addiction to recovery is best explained by recovering addicts themselves. In this qualitative study, nine participants describe their experiences with long-term recovery.

Author(s): 
Hansen, Mary
Ganley, Barbara
Carlucci, Chris
Publication Title: 
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Twelve-step programs have stressed the importance of spiritual practices for over four decades. The spiritual principles embodied in the twelve-step programs may be key in their success of recovering addicts/alcoholics with an overall recovery rate of 34%. A literature search revealed little available data on spiritual principles and practices and their effects on long-term recovery from substance abuse. This study compared two groups of recovering addicts, those with one year of recovery and those with less than one year and a history of relapse.

Author(s): 
Carter, T. M.
Publication Title: 
Recent Developments in Alcoholism: An Official Publication of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism, the Research Society on Alcoholism, and the National Council on Alcoholism

In this chapter, we explore the spiritual functioning and well-being of individuals and how this relates to mental health and recovery from alcoholism within the conceptual framework of Alcoholics Anonymous. We raise the question of whether the spiritually oriented focus of AA is a critical factor in achieving recovery. We suggest that examining the findings from a large body of research on religion and mental health may provide further insight into this question.

Author(s): 
Pearce, Michelle J.
Rivinoja, Clark M.
Koenig, Harold G.

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