Interdisciplinary Communication

Publication Title: 
Schmerz (Berlin, Germany)

BACKGROUND: The scheduled update to the German S3 guidelines on fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) by the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies ("Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften", AWMF; registration number 041/004) was planned starting in March 2011. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The development of the guidelines was coordinated by the German Interdisciplinary Association for Pain Therapy ("Deutsche Interdisziplinären Vereinigung für Schmerztherapie", DIVS), 9 scientific medical societies and 2 patient self-help organizations.

Author(s): 
Langhorst, J.
Häuser, W.
Bernardy, K.
Lucius, H.
Settan, M.
Winkelmann, A.
Musial, F.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften
Publication Title: 
Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie

BACKGROUND: Patients with schizophrenia frequently undergo a disturbance of body experience. This can occur during an acute psychotic phase or during a period of remission. AIM: To investigate the scientific evidence of the effects of introducing body-directed techniques into psychomotor therapy for patients with schizophrenia. METHOD: PubMed, PEDro, CINAHL, psycINFO and SPORTDiscus were searched form 1 January, 2000, tot 1 January 2011, for reports of randomised controlled trials, controlled clinical trials and for studies wit a different design.

Author(s): 
Vancampfort, D.
Probst, M.
Knapen, J.
Demunter, H.
Peuskens, J.
de Hert, M.
Publication Title: 
Advances in Mind-Body Medicine

Like other complex, multifaceted interventions in medicine, meditation represents a mixture of specific and not-so-specific elements of therapy. However, meditation is somewhat unique in that it is difficult to standardize, quantify, and authenticate for a given sample of research subjects. Thus, it is often challenging to discern its specific effects in order to satisfy the scientific method of causal inferences that underlies evidence-based medicine. Therefore, it is important to consider the key methodological challenges that affect both the design and analysis of meditation research.

Author(s): 
Caspi, Opher
Burleson, Katherine O.
Publication Title: 
Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie

BACKGROUND: Patients with schizophrenia frequently undergo a disturbance of body experience. This can occur during an acute psychotic phase or during a period of remission. AIM: To investigate the scientific evidence of the effects of introducing body-directed techniques into psychomotor therapy for patients with schizophrenia. METHOD: PubMed, PEDro, CINAHL, psycINFO and SPORTDiscus were searched form 1 January, 2000, tot 1 January 2011, for reports of randomised controlled trials, controlled clinical trials and for studies wit a different design.

Author(s): 
Vancampfort, D.
Probst, M.
Knapen, J.
Demunter, H.
Peuskens, J.
de Hert, M.
Publication Title: 
Schmerz (Berlin, Germany)

BACKGROUND: The scheduled update to the German S3 guidelines on fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) by the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies ("Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften", AWMF; registration number 041/004) was planned starting in March 2011. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The development of the guidelines was coordinated by the German Interdisciplinary Association for Pain Therapy ("Deutsche Interdisziplinären Vereinigung für Schmerztherapie", DIVS), 9 scientific medical societies and 2 patient self-help organizations.

Author(s): 
Langhorst, J.
Häuser, W.
Bernardy, K.
Lucius, H.
Settan, M.
Winkelmann, A.
Musial, F.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften
Publication Title: 
Schmerz (Berlin, Germany)

Non-pharmaceutical procedures are increasingly being used in pediatric pain therapy in addition to pharmaceutical procedures and have a supporting function. This article describes the non-pharmaceutical procedures which have an influence on perioperative and posttraumatic pain in children and adolescents. Prerequisites for every adequate pain therapy are affection, imparting a feeling of security, distraction and the creation of a child-oriented environment. Topical analgesics are indicated for application to intact skin for surface anesthesia.

Author(s): 
Messerer, B.
Krauss-Stoisser, B.
Urlesberger, B.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

Prompted by the open letter by 13 prominent British scientists to National Health Science (NHS) trusts questioning the use of homeopathy, Vinjar Fønnebø, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael Baum, M.B., Ch.M., F.R.C.S., M.D.(Hon) entered into an e-mail exchange about the issues of research and documentation of practices in "complementary," "alternative," and "integrated" medicine. The paper presents the whole exchange unedited.

Author(s): 
Fønnebø, Vinjar
Baum, Michael
Publication Title: 
Schmerz (Berlin, Germany)

BACKGROUND: The scheduled update to the German S3 guidelines on fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) by the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies ("Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften", AWMF; registration number 041/004) was planned starting in March 2011. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The development of the guidelines was coordinated by the German Interdisciplinary Association for Pain Therapy ("Deutsche Interdisziplinären Vereinigung für Schmerztherapie", DIVS), 9 scientific medical societies and 2 patient self-help organizations.

Author(s): 
Langhorst, J.
Häuser, W.
Bernardy, K.
Lucius, H.
Settan, M.
Winkelmann, A.
Musial, F.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften
Publication Title: 
Schmerz (Berlin, Germany)

BACKGROUND: The scheduled update to the German S3 guidelines on fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) by the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies ("Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften", AWMF; registration number 041/004) was planned starting in March 2011. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The development of the guidelines was coordinated by the German Interdisciplinary Association for Pain Therapy ("Deutsche Interdisziplinären Vereinigung für Schmerztherapie", DIVS), 9 scientific medical societies and 2 patient self-help organizations.

Author(s): 
Langhorst, J.
Häuser, W.
Bernardy, K.
Lucius, H.
Settan, M.
Winkelmann, A.
Musial, F.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

A significant practical, yet perhaps under-appreciated, barrier to a more active role of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) institutions in research is the organizational infrastructure required for submitting and managing research grants.

Author(s): 
Wayne, Peter M.
Pensack, Lawrence M.
Connors, Ellen M.
Buring, Julie E.
Davis, Roger B.
Schachter, Steve C.
Hrbek, Andrea
Kaptchuk, Ted J.
Andrews, Sally M.

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