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The March Research Roundup
Review of the "Research and Metrics Thursdays" theme from the public Facebook Page and newsletter
Recommended Research Reads this Month
- Acupuncture for post-surgical pain. “Acupuncture Provides Short-term Pain Relief for Patients in a Total Joint Replacement Program” Crespin DJ, Griffin KH, Johnson JR, et al. Acupuncture provides short-term pain relief for patients in a total joint replacement program. Pain Med. 2015;16(6): 1195-1203. doi: 10.1111/pme.12685
- Models of integrative health in hospitals and medical centers. An entire special issue focused on this topic in the March 2019 JACM. volume 25, issue S1. Special Focus Issue on Multimodal Approaches in Integrative Health: Whole Persons, Whole Practices, Whole Systems
- When Clinical Research Impacts Health Policy
- “Acupuncture for Chronic Pain in the Vermont Medicaid Population: Interview with Robert Davis, LAc” by Jennifer A.M. Stone, LAc. Meridians: JAOM, winter 2019, p. 35 -36, 45.
- Excerpt: (paraphrase) After receiving acupuncture treatment in the study:
- 57% of patients used less non-opioid pain relief medications
- 32% of patients using opioid meds reported reductions in use
- 74% of employed patients reported improved capacity to work
- 96% said they would recommend acupuncture to others with chronic pain
- 91% reported qualitative improvements (physical, functional/behavioral, and psycho-emotional)
- Davis RT, Badger G, Valentine K, Cavert A, Coeytaux RR. Acupuncture for chronic pain in the Vermont Medicaid population: A prospective, pragmatic intervention trial. Glob Adv Health Med. 2018; 7:2164956118769557. Published 2018 Apr 10.
- On writing a scientific paper—this article is a good review with specifics to the practice of acupuncture and east Asian medicine.
- “Writing a Solid Scientific Paper That Will Sail Through the Peer Review Process: Valuable tricks from the experts” by Jennifer A.M. Stone, LAc, pages 30-35 of Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, spring 2018.
- The Massage Therapy Foundation is hosting a free webinar series on the basics of research on select days in 2019. The first one was in February 2019, "Why Research?". Go here for the recording. They also offere a continuing education credit for watching the episode, just go to their website.
- Research Perch podcast episode: "Massage Therapy in Outpatient Cancer Care part 1"
- Research Perch podcast episode follow up, "Massage Therapy in Outpatient Cancer Care part 2".
- But, this episode dives into translational research...how research can inform clinical practice. Asking questions like: where did this come from? why do we do that? Just because something is common doesn't mean it is right. What is the therapeutic benefit for the patient? Is that model a business model or a model based on patient-centered care and therapeutic benefit? Treatment frequency, time in treatment, therapy used, tracking functional measures, etc. This is a good listen for any clinician in the field of integrative health.
- The January edition of the Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup includes 5 different analyses related to burnout and resiliency across various groups of healthcare professionals.
- The 2019 International Massage Therapy Research Conference will be May 9-10, 2019 in Alexandria, VA. "IMTRC 2019 will feature keynote speaker Helene Langevin, MD, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), and panel sessions on pain management and addressing the opioid epidemic with massage therapy. Education sessions will explore the use of therapeutic massage for arthritis, breast cancer, low back pain, and anxiety."
- The Society of Acupuncture Research (SAR) posted an easy-to-read blogpost on all the current NIH acupuncture research funding announcements.
- Massage Therapy Foundation Community Service Grants for 2019--apply before April 1st, 2019.
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