Assessing the Effectiveness of Integrative Medicine for Pain

An observational evaluation of the effectiveness of integrative medicine is reported in the June 24 online edition of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The study was conducted over six months at nine clinical sites on 252 patients with chronic pain. Study subjects received a non-standardized, personalized, multimodal approach to chronic pain. Participating clinics included practitioners from many disciplines, including integrative physicians, acupuncturists, mindfulness instructors, and yoga instructors; some also incorporated massage therapists, manual medicine therapists, fitness/movement specialists, dietician/nutritionists, psychologists, healing touch therapists, and other energy practitioners. Researchers found significant improvements in patient reported pain severity and interference, as well as ancillary factors such as mood, stress, quality of life, fatigue, sleep and well-being. The study abstract and full report may be read here.

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