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Topics in Integrative Health Care 2012, Vol. 3(3)   ID: 3.3006



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September 26, 2012
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This pilot randomized trial found that it was feasible for a multidisciplinary, outpatient team composed of CAM and conventional practitioners to deliver coordinated, individualized interventions to patients with subacute LBP. Results showed a promising trend for benefit of treating patients with persistent LBP with this integrated care model.

Eisenberg DM, Buring JE, Hrbek AL, et al. A model of integrative care for low-back pain. J Altern Complement Med. Apr 2012;18(4):354-362.

Patients need to be engaged in their own health care, through health literacy, shared decision making, and quality improvement. This article outlines the evidence in support of the most promising interventions designed to help patients effectively participate in their health care.

Coulter A. Patient engagement--what works? J Ambul Care Manage. Apr 2012;35(2):80-89.

Tobacco cessation training programs for medical students that include role playing and interaction with real patients are equally effective and are more effective than web-based learning with or without a lecture.

Stolz D, Langewitz W, Meyer A, et al. Enhanced didactic methods of smoking cessation training for medical students--a randomized study. Nicotine Tob Res. Feb 2012;14(2):224-228.

This article discusses combining conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine therapies, which the author states is becoming an accepted, cost-effective option for improving patients’ health.

Milano C. Less pain, lower costs: can integrative medicine do both? Manag Care. Mar 2012;21(3):38-40.

This article presents recommendations by an expert panel for immediate action, strategic action and research. The collaboration of primary care and public health systems will be required to make many of these recommendations a reality.

Green LW, Brancati FL, Albright A, Primary Prevention of Diabetes Working G. Primary prevention of type 2 diabetes: integrative public health and primary care opportunities, challenges and strategies. Fam Pract. Apr 2012;29 Suppl 1:i13-23.

Heart rate Variability (HRV) results from the regulation of the heart by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Low HRV is associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality and is a marker for a wide range of diseases. There is strong evidence from randomized placebo controlled trials that acupuncture modulates HRV. This may represent a mechanism for global physiological regulation, congruent with East Asian medical theory. HRV measurement could be used as a tool in acupuncture research.

Anderson B, Nielsen A, McKee D, Jeffres A, Kligler B. Acupuncture and heart rate variability: a systems level approach to understanding mechanism. Explore. Mar-Apr 2012;8(2):99-106.


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