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Stacie A. Salsbury, PhD RN


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Topics in Integrative Health Care 2012, Vol. 3(2)   ID: 3.2008

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June 28, 2012
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A recent study using regression and geographical information science (GIS) analysis identified supply- and demand-based predictors of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) provider office locations in Ontario, Canada. Acupuncture, chiropractic, holistic, homeopathic, massage and naturopathic offices were more common in urban or metropolitan environments than in peripheral locations, as well as in areas with ethnically diverse markets and those where like practitioners were co-located. Chiropractic and massage therapy offices were uniquely and significantly statistically associated with geographic areas of higher family income and higher percent female population. Free full text article is available at:

Meyer SP. Place-specific explanations for the geographic patterns of complementary and alternative practitioners: contrasting chiropractic, massage, holistic, acupuncture, naturopathic and homeopathic operations in Ontario. International J Business Soc Science 2012;3(8):24-39.

An international, web-based survey of chiropractic students identified positive attitudes toward evidence-based practice (EBP) and that their chiropractic educational institution incorporated research evidence into the curricula. However, the majority of respondents also reported a desire for more training in EBP, achieved low scores on EBP knowledge questions, and, among respondents without previous training in research, noted low confidence in their ability to assess research publications. Free full text article is available at:

Banzai R, Derby DC, Long CR, Hondras MA. International web survey of chiropractic students about evidence-based practice: a pilot study. Chiropr Man Ther 2011;19(1):6.

While registered physicians, nurses and physiotherapists in Swedish university surgical wards identified knowledge about CAM as fairly important, most reported limited knowledge about CAM therapies and research. Although these surgical healthcare workers reported infrequent discussions about CAM topics with patients and minimal recommendations for most CAM therapies, over half of the respondents also reported a personal interest in learning a CAM modality themselves. Free full text article is available at:

Bjersa K, Victorin ES, Olsen MF. Knowledge about complementary, alternative and integrative medicine (CAM) among registered health care providers in Swedish surgical care: a national survey among university hospitals. BMC Complementary Altern Med 2012; 12:42.

This qualitative study identified 4 key themes in Alberta chiropractors’ opinions about health product sales in office practices: debates regarding conflicts of interest in product sales, actions chiropractors take to mitigate potential conflicts of interest, justifications for office-based product sales, and the need for both individual ethics and professional education and regulation of product sales. Given the variability in chiropractors’ beliefs about this practice, the authors concluded that governing bodies should consider strengthening standards of practice and expanding regulatory oversight of office-based product sales. Free full text article is available at:

Page SA, Grod JP, McMorland DG. A descriptive study of chiropractors' opinions and practices regarding office-based health product sales. Chiropr Man Ther 2012; 20:10.

University-based emergency rescue teams composed of conventional medical and traditional Asian medicine providers treated disaster survivors and medical professionals in evacuation centers following the Great East Japan Earthquake and resultant tsunami in March 2011. Common complaints treated among evacuees who received massage therapy or acupuncture included pain and stiffness in the shoulders, upper back and lumbar regions. Lessons learned from incorporating CAM therapies into natural disaster emergency response teams are offered. Free full text article is available at:

Takayama S, Kamiya T, Watanabe M, Hirano A, Matsuda A, Monma Y, Numata T, Kusuyama H, Yaegashi N. Report on disaster medical operations with acupuncture/massage therapy after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Integrative Med Insights 2012; 7:1-5.

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Stacie A.  Salsbury, PhD, RN

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