Sweden

Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the pattern of use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) and identify the determinants of CAM use in a multi-ethnic Swedish primary health care practice population. METHODS: A questionnaire was handed out to 1433 patients aged 16 years and above who visited the Jordbro Health Centre (JHC) in Stockholm, Sweden, between 14 January and 30 June 2002. The results were linked to computerised medical records.

Author(s): 
Al-Windi, Ahmad
Publication Title: 
Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care

OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Norway, Denmark and Stockholm County. DESIGN, SETTING, AND SUBJECTS: In Norway, a national representative sample of 1000 participants completed telephone interviews regarding their CAM use in 1997 (response rate 51). In Denmark, a national representative sample of 16 690 participants completed questionnaires and interviews regarding their health and morbidity in 2000 (response rate 74).

Author(s): 
Hanssen, Borghild
Grimsgaard, Sameline
Launsø, Laila
Fønnebø, Vinjar
Falkenberg, Torkel
Rasmussen, Niels Kr
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of massage on nausea, anxiety, and depression in patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. DESIGN: This work was a single-center, prospective, randomized, controlled trial. SETTINGS/LOCATION: This study was conducted in an oncology clinic, in a hospital in southwestern Sweden. SUBJECTS: Thirty-nine (39) women (mean age = 51.8) with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy were enrolled.

Author(s): 
Billhult, Annika
Bergbom, Ingegerd
Stener-Victorin, Elisabet
Publication Title: 
BMC health services research

BACKGROUND: Collaboration between providers of conventional care and complementary therapies (CTs) has gained in popularity but there is a lack of conceptualised models for delivering such care, i.e. integrative medicine (IM). The aim of this paper is to describe some key findings relevant to the development and implementation of a proposed model for IM adapted to Swedish primary care.

Author(s): 
Sundberg, Tobias
Halpin, Jeremy
Warenmark, Anders
Falkenberg, Torkel
Publication Title: 
Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology

The purpose of this article is to describe the challenges faced by a research team in developing treatment and control conditions in a study of the efficacy of massage therapy for advanced cancer. Five design considerations were addressed related to developing a massage therapy protocol: (1) dosage, that is, the number, spacing and length of treatments; (2) type of massage therapy; (3) degree to which the protocol for the treatment is standardized; (4) qualifications of the persons providing the treatment; and (5) conditions under which the treatment is provided.

Author(s): 
Smith, Marlaine
Kutner, Jean
Hemphill, Linnea
Yamashita, Traci
Felton, Susanne
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Previous studies show an increased interest and usage of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the general population and among health care workers both internationally and nationally. CAM usage is also reported to be common among surgical patients. Earlier international studies have reported that a large amount of surgical patients use it prior to and after surgery. Recent publications indicate a weak knowledge about CAM among health care workers. However the current situation in Sweden is unknown.

Author(s): 
Bjerså, Kristofer
Stener Victorin, Elisabet
Fagevik Olsén, Monika
Publication Title: 
Diabetes & Metabolism

AIM: Tactile massage (TM) is a gentle and superficial form of massage. A pilot study of patients with type 2 diabetes in primary care reported a reduction of 0.8% in glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c), whereas a randomized study comparing the effects of 10 weeks of TM once per week with relaxation exercises performed once per week as per instructions on a CD found no effects of TM on HbA(1c) in an intention-to-treat analysis. However, a significant reduction in waist circumference (WC) was found between the groups.

Author(s): 
Wändell, P. E.
Ärnlöv, J.
Nixon Andreasson, A.
Andersson, K.
Törnkvist, L.
Carlsson, A. C.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVES: This exploratory study examines the Rosen Method Bodywork (RMB), a complementary (CAM) therapy method that previously lacked scientific documentation. The objectives of this study were to describe (1) why clients consult RMB and (2) what kind of help or benefit (if any) the clients perceive. METHODS: The study comprised a survey of 53 Swedish RMB clients sampled from therapists, based on a criterion of personal experience of the therapy method, responding to a questionnaire collecting both qualitative and quantitative data.

Author(s): 
Hoffren-Larsson, Riitta
Gustafsson, Barbro
Falkenberg, Torkel
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Gastroenterology

OBJECTIVE: There is a perception of increasing and widespread use of alternative medicine for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We assessed the usage of alternative therapies among patients with IBD, whether there were similar or contrasting variables that were predictive of such use, and contrasted the use in four different centers in North America and Europe. METHODS: Patients in four IBD centers completed a self-administered questionnaire regarding alternative medicine. The centers were in Cork, Los Angeles, Stockholm, and Winnipeg.

Author(s): 
Rawsthorne, P.
Shanahan, F.
Cronin, N. C.
Anton, P. A.
Löfberg, R.
Bohman, L.
Bernstein, C. N.
Publication Title: 
Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care

OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in Norway, Denmark and Stockholm County. DESIGN, SETTING, AND SUBJECTS: In Norway, a national representative sample of 1000 participants completed telephone interviews regarding their CAM use in 1997 (response rate 51). In Denmark, a national representative sample of 16 690 participants completed questionnaires and interviews regarding their health and morbidity in 2000 (response rate 74).

Author(s): 
Hanssen, Borghild
Grimsgaard, Sameline
Launsø, Laila
Fønnebø, Vinjar
Falkenberg, Torkel
Rasmussen, Niels Kr

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