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Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

A systematic review revealed three small randomised controlled trials of yoga for low back pain, all of which showed effects on back pain that favoured the yoga group. To build on these studies a larger trial, with longer term follow-up, and a number of different yoga teachers delivering the intervention is required. This study protocol describes the details of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Yoga for chronic Low Back Pain, which is funded by Arthritis Research Campaign (arc) and is being conducted by the University of York.

Author(s): 
Cox, Helen
Tilbrook, Helen
Aplin, John
Chuang, Ling-Hsiang
Hewitt, Catherine
Jayakody, Shalmini
Semlyen, Anna
Soares, Marta O.
Torgerson, David
Trewhela, Alison
Watt, Ian
Worthy, Gill
Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Organization and Management

PURPOSE: The paper aims to take a reflective stance on the relationship between policy/evidence and practice, which, the authors argue, is conceptually under-developed. The paper aims to show that current research perspectives fail to frame evidence and policy in relation to practice. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: A qualitative study was conducted in the English NHS in four Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). Seventy-five observations of meetings and 52 semi-structured interviews were completed.

Author(s): 
Gkeredakis, Emmanouil
Swan, Jacky
Powell, John
Nicolini, Davide
Scarbrough, Harry
Roginski, Claudia
Taylor-Phillips, Sian
Clarke, Aileen
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery

Five focus groups (five female non-users; five male non-users; seven males, both users and non-users; seven female users; six male and female users) were conducted to get an idea of lay people's knowledge and attitudes to CAM. In each group, run by the same experienced moderator, various topics were systematically explored: knowledge of CAM treatments; attitudes towards CAM; personal experience of CAM; suggestions for bringing CAM into wider use.

Author(s): 
Furnham, Adrian
Publication Title: 
Family Practice

BACKGROUND: Complementary medicine is increasingly popular with patients and with GPs, although it still remains mainly in the private sector. Few data are available from the private sector about patient-consulting patterns and outcome. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to describe detailed consulting patterns, help-seeking behaviour and outcome of care for patients attending a group of private complementary practitioners in a single general practice surgery.

Author(s): 
Paterson, C.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVES: To explore First Year medical students' rating of CAM therapies following a core teaching session. To determine the influence of student gender and previous experience of CAM and therapist/teacher gender and professional background on ratings. DESIGN: Survey; self-administered questionnaire following a teaching session. SETTING: First Year medical students Behavioural Science module CAM teaching session, University of Birmingham Medical School, UK. RESULTS: One hundred and fifty (71.0%) students completed a questionnaire.

Author(s): 
Greenfield, S. M.
Innes, M. A.
Allan, T. F.
Wearn, A. M.
Publication Title: 
Family Practice

BACKGROUND: Complementary medicine is increasingly popular with patients and with GPs, although it still remains mainly in the private sector. Few data are available from the private sector about patient-consulting patterns and outcome. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to describe detailed consulting patterns, help-seeking behaviour and outcome of care for patients attending a group of private complementary practitioners in a single general practice surgery.

Author(s): 
Paterson, C.
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

For 10 years, our unit has intensively researched the efficacy and safety of acupuncture. This is a brief summary of our work in this area. Specifically, it deals with the development of a sham needle, with various systematic reviews and prospective studies in the area of safety, and with our clinical trials and systematic reviews on efficacy. We also hope in the future that we will be able to contribute to the understanding of acupuncture as a therapeutic modality.

Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
Publication Title: 
Climacteric: The Journal of the International Menopause Society

There is an increased interest amongst women in seeking alternatives for hormone replacement therapy because of their fear of side-effects. It is claimed that acupuncture is effective for curing menopausal symptoms, and to be a safe treatment in the hands of well-trained and qualified practitioners. About one million acupuncture treatments are given in the National Health Service and two million privately each year in England for various indications.

Author(s): 
Alfhaily, F.
Ewies, A. a. A.
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

For 10 years, our unit has intensively researched the efficacy and safety of acupuncture. This is a brief summary of our work in this area. Specifically, it deals with the development of a sham needle, with various systematic reviews and prospective studies in the area of safety, and with our clinical trials and systematic reviews on efficacy. We also hope in the future that we will be able to contribute to the understanding of acupuncture as a therapeutic modality.

Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
Publication Title: 
Climacteric: The Journal of the International Menopause Society

There is an increased interest amongst women in seeking alternatives for hormone replacement therapy because of their fear of side-effects. It is claimed that acupuncture is effective for curing menopausal symptoms, and to be a safe treatment in the hands of well-trained and qualified practitioners. About one million acupuncture treatments are given in the National Health Service and two million privately each year in England for various indications.

Author(s): 
Alfhaily, F.
Ewies, A. a. A.

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