Practice Guidelines as Topic

Publication Title: 
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Complementary-alternative medicines are extensively used in the treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma, but evidence-based recommendations are lacking. To provide evidence-based recommendations, the literature was searched by using MedLine and the Cochrane Library to March 2005 (Key words: Asthma [OR] Rhinitis, [AND] Complementary [OR] Alternative Medicine, [OR] Herbal, [OR] Acupuncture, [OR] Homeopathy, [OR] Alternative Treatment). Randomized trials, preferably double-blind and published in English, were selected. The articles were evaluated by a panel of experts.

Passalacqua, Giovanni
Bousquet, Philippe J.
Carlsen, Kai-Hakon
Kemp, James
Lockey, Richard F.
Niggemann, Bodo
Pawankar, Ruby
Price, David
Bousquet, Jean
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: In the nationwide German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC), verum acupuncture, mirroring the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture style, was tested against sham acupuncture and guideline standard therapy for the entities classified in the West as chronic low back pain (LBP) and gonarthrosis (GON). OBJECTIVE: The objective was to develop broadly consensual acupuncture and control protocols for the treatment of LBP and GON in the GERAC trials. METHODOLOGY: Extensive literature study and consultation with acupuncture experts were consulted.

Molsberger, Albrecht F.
Streitberger, Konrad
Kraemer, Juergen
Brittinger, Carmen Schade
Witte, Steffen
Boewing, Gabriele
Haake, Michael
Publication Title: 
Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics

Surveys have demonstrated that complementary medicine use for depression is widespread, although patterns of use vary. A series of systematic reviews provide a summary of the current evidence for acupuncture, aromatherapy and massage, homeopathy, meditation, reflexology, herbal medicine, yoga, and several dietary supplements and relaxation techniques. The quantity and quality of individual studies vary widely, but research interest in complementary therapies is increasing, particularly in herbal and nutritional products.

Pilkington, Karen
Rampes, Hagen
Richardson, Janet
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Clinical guidelines are statements that have been systematically developed and which aim to assist clinicians in making decisions about treatment for specific conditions, and promote best practice. They are linked to evidence and are meant to facilitate good medical practice.

Filshie, Jacqueline
Hester, Joan
Publication Title: 
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage

PURPOSE: To develop concise, patient-focussed, up to date, evidence-based, expert consensus recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA), which are adaptable and designed to assist physicians and allied health care professionals in general and specialist practise throughout the world. METHODS: Sixteen experts from four medical disciplines (primary care, rheumatology, orthopaedics and evidence-based medicine), two continents and six countries (USA, UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden and Canada) formed the guidelines development team.

Zhang, W.
Moskowitz, R. W.
Nuki, G.
Abramson, S.
Altman, R. D.
Arden, N.
Bierma-Zeinstra, S.
Brandt, K. D.
Croft, P.
Doherty, M.
Dougados, M.
Hochberg, M.
Hunter, D. J.
Kwoh, K.
Lohmander, L. S.
Tugwell, P.
Publication Title: 
Musculoskeletal Care

OBJECTIVES: To document physiotherapy provision for patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) in relation to the United Kingdom (UK) recently published National Institute of health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for osteoarthritis. DESIGN: Questionnaire survey of chartered physiotherapists. METHOD: 300 postal questionnaires were distributed to Physiotherapy Departments requesting information regarding source of referrals, treatment aims, preferred methods of treatment and service delivery.

Walsh, Nicola E.
Hurley, Michael V.
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

During the last five years a large number of randomised controlled clinical trials (RCTs) have been published on the efficacy of acupuncture in different conditions. In most of these studies verum is compared with sham acupuncture. In general both verum and sham have been found to be effective, and often with little reported difference in outcome. This has repeatedly led to the conclusion that acupuncture is no more effective than placebo treatment. However, this conclusion is based on the assumption that sham acupuncture is inert.

Lundeberg, Thomas
Lund, Iréne
Näslund, Jan
Thomas, Moolamanil
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVE: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is one of the most commonly diagnosed nonarticular soft tissue conditions in all fields of musculoskeletal medicine, including chiropractic. The purpose of this study was to perform a comprehensive review of the literature for the most commonly used treatment procedures in chiropractic for FMS and to provide evidence ratings for these procedures. The emphasis of this literature review was on conservative and nonpharmaceutical therapies.

Schneider, Michael
Vernon, Howard
Ko, Gordon
Lawson, Gordon
Perera, Jerome
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVE: Chronic tendon pathology is a soft tissue condition commonly seen in chiropractic practice. Tendonitis, tendinosis, and tendinopathy are terms used to describe this clinical entity. The purpose of this article is to review interventions commonly used by doctors of chiropractic when treating tendinopathy. METHODS: The Scientific Commission of the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) was charged with developing literature syntheses, organized by anatomical region, to evaluate and report on the evidence base for chiropractic care.

Pfefer, Mark T.
Cooper, Stephan R.
Uhl, Nathan L.
Publication Title: 
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu = Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion

In Clinical Practice Guideline of Evidence-based Acupuncture and Moxibustion, following principles and methods of evidence-based medicine, in combination with characteristics of acupuncture and moxibustion science, primary literature quality assessment criteria and corresponding scale were stipulated and were repeatedly seeked advice from experts and proved, finally, forming the assessment criteria: (1) Evaluation criteria of literature quality for RCT; (2) Evaluation criteria of literature quality for non-randomly controlled trials; (3) Evaluation criteria of literature quality for cases-s

Liu, Zhi-shun
Peng, Wei-Na
Mao, Mei
Deng, Yan-Hua
Wang, Jing


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