1. Complementary treatments for tobacco cessation: a survey.

Sood A, Ebbert JO, Sood R, Stevens SR.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17132524

 

Source

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. sood.amit@mayo.edu

Abstract

Little information is available regarding the prevalence of use and interest in future use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for tobacco cessation among tobacco users. We conducted a self-administered anonymous survey among 1,175 patients seen at a midwestern outpatient tobacco treatment specialty clinic between November 2003 and July 2005. Patient use of CAM for tobacco cessation, perceived efficacy of these treatments, and interest in future use of CAM were ascertained. Data were summarized using descriptive statistics, and logistic regression models were used to determine the characteristics associated with past CAM use or interest in future use of CAM for tobacco cessation. All of the patients who received the survey completed it. A total of 27% of patients reported previous use of CAM for tobacco cessation. The interventions most commonly used were hypnosis, relaxation, acupuncture, and meditation. CAM treatments most commonly perceived to be efficacious were yoga, relaxation, meditation, and massage therapy. A total of 67% of the patients reported interest in future use of CAM for tobacco cessation. The treatments of greatest interest for use in the future were hypnosis, herbal products, acupuncture, relaxation, and massage therapy. Female gender, previous use of conventional tobacco cessation products, previous use of CAM treatments, and a higher level of education were significantly associated with interest in future CAM use. The high level of interest in CAM among tobacco users underscores the need to conduct further research in this field.

PMID: 17132524

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2. The use of complementary and alternative treatment in patients with asthma.

[Article in Turkish]

Tokem Y.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16924579

 

Source

Nursing School, University of Ege, Izmir, Turkey. yasemin.tokem.batmaz@ege.edu.tr

Abstract

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies such as herbal therapy, acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic, relaxation techniques, nutrition and dietary supplements, continue to gain popularity as modalities for treatment of asthma. A number of study in this area has shown frequently used CAM therapies by patients with asthma. It has found that parents who have children with asthma preferred commonly CAM therapies such as massage, relaxation techniques, diet and vitamin and that adult patients with asthma used commonly nutrition and diet supplements, herbal therapies and homeopathy. Because of many studies had weak methodology and small sample; it hasn't exposed entirely effectiveness of CAM therapies in asthma treatment. In this respect, it is required qualitative researchs with strong methodology. Furthermore; it is suggested that health professionals have to much knowledge about CAM therapies in asthma and they have to an active role in development guidelines related to CAM interventions.

PMID: 16924579

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