Complementary Medicine Research Projects

A qualitative synthesis of the use and benefit of complementary and alternative medicine after a diagnosis of cancer.

Investigators: Professor Nicky Britten and Dr Charlotte Paterson (Peninsula Medical School)/ George Lewith

Funding: Dimbleby Cancer Care

Status: Study completed, 1 paper in press

Smithson J, Paterson C, Britten N, Evans M, Lewith G. (IN PRESS) Cancer patients’ experiences of using complementary therapies: polarization and integration.  (J Health Services Research & Policy).

 


Evidence for the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicines in the management of fibromyalgia, systematic review

Investigators: PV De Silva, A El-Metwally, E Ernst, G Lewith, GJ Macfarlane

Funding: This work was funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign (arc)

Status: Study completed, 1 paper in press

De Silva PV, El-Metwally A, Ernst E, Lewith G, Macfarlane GJ.  Evidence for the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicines in the management of fibromyalgia: a systematic review.  (Rheumatology).


Reviews of CAM use in cancer

Investigators: Felicity Bishop, George Lewith, Erik von Elm and Philip Prescott

Status: Study completed, 1 paper in press

Bishop F, Prescott P, Chan YK, Saville J, von Elm E, Lewith GT.  Prevalence of complementary medicine use in paediatric cancer: a systematic review. (Pediatrics)


Development of an International Questionnaire to Measure Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (I-CAM-Q)

Investigators: Quandt SA, Verhoef MJ, Arcury TA, Lewith GT, Steinsbekk A, Kristoffersen A, Wahner-Roedler D, Fonnebo V

Status: Study completed, 1 paper published

Quandt SA, Verhoef MJ, Arcury TA, Lewith GT, Steinsbekk A, Kristoffersen A, Wahner-Roedler D, Fonnebo V.  Development of an International Questionnaire to Measure Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (I-CAM-Q). JACM. 2009; 15 (4): 331-339.


A study of the use of complementary and alternative therapies among people undergoing cancer treatment: a quantitative and qualitative study.

Investigators: Jessica Corner/Jackie Harewood/Sian Maslin-Prothero/George Lewith et al

Funded by: Department of Health (£98,936)

Status: Study completed and paper in submission –

Corner J, Yardley J, Maher EJ, Roffe E, Young T, Maslin-Prothero S, Gwillim C, Haviland J, Lewith G.  Patterns of complementary therapy (CAM) use among patients undergoing cancer treatment.  Eur J Cancer Care. 2009; 18: 271-279.

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