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Publication Title: 
Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

OBJECTIVE: To assess the delays and define the causes of delay in presentation and treatment of breast cancer patients in Enugu, Nigeria. DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey of breast cancer patients using a semi structured questionnaire. SETTING: Surgical Oncology unit, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu, (UNTH-E), Nigeria. SUBJECTS: 164 consecutively presenting breast cancer patients seen between June 1999 and May 2005. RESULTS: Most of the patients (82.3%) reported for initial evaluation at a modern health facility while 17.5% reported first to alternative practitioners.

Author(s): 
Ezeome, E. R.
Publication Title: 
Pediatrics

OBJECTIVE: Alternative medicine (AM) is of growing interest to the general public. Although several studies have been published concerning its use in adults, the use by children is less well known. The purpose of this study is to determine the frequency with which alternative medicine is employed in a pediatric population that also uses conventional medicine. A second goal is to investigate the sociodemographic factors that influence the choice of these forms of therapy.

Author(s): 
Spigelblatt, L.
Laîné-Ammara, G.
Pless, I. B.
Guyver, A.
Publication Title: 
Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation

BACKGROUND: Classical naturopathy and complementary medicine procedures are used in all industrial countries, the only difference being the extent to which they are used. However, information pertaining to effects, safety and costs of such therapies remains incomplete. An important aim of this study was to establish to what extent women's hospitals and clinics in Germany adopt complementary medicine and naturopathy as a means of treatment and how often they are used and by whom.

Author(s): 
Beer, A.-M.
Ostermann, Th
Publication Title: 
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility of conducting trials of static magnetic field (SMF) therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), to collect preliminary data on the effectiveness of 2 SMF dosages, and to explore the influence of an SMF on median nerve conduction. DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial with a 6-week intervention and a 12-week follow-up. SETTING: University hospital outpatient clinics. PARTICIPANTS: Women and men (N=60), ages 21 to 65 years, with an electrophysiologically confirmed CTS diagnosis recruited from the general population.

Author(s): 
Colbert, Agatha P.
Markov, Marko S.
Carlson, Nels
Gregory, William L.
Carlson, Hans
Elmer, Patricia J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Critical Care

PURPOSE: The study's objective was to determine the proportion and patient characteristics of patients in vasopressor-dependent septic shock who presented without lactatemia. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients presenting to an urban tertiary-care emergency department between December 2007 and September 2008 was conducted. Patients with a final diagnosis of septic shock requiring vasopressors were divided, based on initial lactate, to nonlactate expressors (0-2.4 mmol/L), intermediate (2.5-3.9 mmol/L), and high (>4.0 mmol/L) lactate groups.

Author(s): 
Dugas, Andrea Freyer
Mackenhauer, Julie
Salciccioli, Justin D.
Cocchi, Michael N.
Gautam, Shiva
Donnino, Michael W.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

CONTEXT: Some acute and long-term care facilities are instituting massage therapy programs to support their patients' health, healing, and quality of life. Evaluation of the impact of these programs from the perspective of patients, providers, and therapists is important for administrative decision making and the design of future outcomes research. OBJECTIVE: To uncover and elucidate a range of patient outcomes of a therapeutic massage program within an acute care setting. DESIGN: Descriptive and qualitative evaluation.

Author(s): 
Smith, M. C.
Stallings, M. A.
Mariner, S.
Burrall, M.
Publication Title: 
Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

The objective of this article is to evaluate the use of complementary therapies by mothers in their children. A cross-sectional and descriptive study with 202 mothers of children that attended an University Hospital were interviewed. The variables analyzed were: use of complementary therapies/reasons, therapies used its purpose, effects, doctor's revelation/reasons and doctor's reaction. The prevalence of complementary therapies use was of 87.6%.

Author(s): 
Gentil, Luiza Borges
Robles, Ana Carolina Couto
Grosseman, Suely
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: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

CONTEXT: Some acute and long-term care facilities are instituting massage therapy programs to support their patients' health, healing, and quality of life. Evaluation of the impact of these programs from the perspective of patients, providers, and therapists is important for administrative decision making and the design of future outcomes research. OBJECTIVE: To uncover and elucidate a range of patient outcomes of a therapeutic massage program within an acute care setting. DESIGN: Descriptive and qualitative evaluation.

Author(s): 
Smith, M. C.
Stallings, M. A.
Mariner, S.
Burrall, M.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin Und Klassische Naturheilkunde = Research in Complementary and Natural Classical Medicine

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital Munich has conducted a pilot project for 4 years, aiming at the integration of homeopathic concomitant treatment into daily clinical practice. This study was carried out to clarify whether the project is successful and accepted by physicians, nurses, and parents. METHODS: Questionnaires, all standardized and anonymous, were handed out to 137 physicians, 212 nurses and paramedics, and 1,048 parents of children treated at the hospital.

Author(s): 
Ludtke, R.
Kruse, S.
Naske, K.
Dittloff, S.
Reinhardt, D.

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