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  • Do patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease and somatoform tendencies benefit from antireflux surgery? 

    Fuchs, Hans Friedrich; Babic, Benjamin; Fuchs, Karl-Hermann; Breithaupt, Wolfram; Varga, Garbor; Musial, Frauke (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-01-21)
    <p><i>BACKGROUND - </i>The clinical presentation of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) shows a large symptom variation also in different intensities among patients. As several studies have shown, there is a large overlap in the symptomatic spectrum between proven GERD and other disorders such as dyspepsia, functional heartburn and/or somatoform disorders. <p><i>AIM - </i>To prospectively ...
  • Recruitment and inclusion procedures as "pain killers" in clinical trials? 

    Nothnagel, Helen; Brown Menard, Martha; Kvarstein, Gunnvald; Norheim, Arne Johan; Weiss, Thomas; Puta, Christian; Mist, Scott D; Musial, Frauke (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-07-03)
    <p><i>Background - </i>Recruitment and inclusion procedures in clinical trials are time critical. This holds particularly true for studies investigating patients with fluctuating symptom patterns, like those with chronic neck pain. In a feasibility study on neck pain, we found a clinically relevant decrease in pain ratings within the recruitment period. This paper analyses the phenomenon and gives ...
  • Chinese herbal medicine Dengzhan Shengmai capsule as adjunctive treatment for ischemic stroke: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials 

    Yang, Xiao-Ying; Wang, Li-Qiong; Li, Jin-Gen; Liang, Ning; Wang, Ying; Liu, Jian-Ping (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-12-09)
    <i>Objective</i>: The existing eligible randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were critically appraised for the effectiveness and safety of Chinese herbal medicine Dengzhan Shenmai for ischemic stroke.<p> <p><i>Design</i>: Systematic review and meta-analysis (CRD42016042914, http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO). Methods: Six electronic databases were searched from inception to May 2016. Risk ratio ...
  • Complementary and alternative medicine for treatment of atopic eczema in children under 14 years old: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials 

    Lu, Chun-Li; Lui, Xue-han; Stub, Trine; Kristoffersen, Agnete Egilsdatter; Liang, Shi-bing; Wang, Xiao; Bai, Xue; Norheim, Arne Johan; Musial, Frauke; Alræk, Terje; Fønnebø, Vinjar; Liu, Jianping (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-09-26)
    <i>Background</i>: Due to limitations of conventional medicine for atopic eczema (AE), complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used as an alternative, maintaining, or simultaneous treatment for AE. We aimed to evaluate the beneficial and harmful effects of CAM for children with AE under 14 years old.<p> <p><i>Methods</i>: We searched for randomized trials on CAM in 12 Chinese and ...
  • The significance of cultural norms and clinical logics for the perception of possible relapse in rural Northern Norway – sensing symptoms of cancer 

    Skowronski, Magdalena; Risør, Mette Bech; Foss, Nina (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-12-31)
    Little is known about the process from experiencing indeterminate bodily sensations to perceiving them as possible symptoms of cancer relapse. We explore how such processes are related to local values and to clinical practice in rural Northern Norway. One-year ethnographic fieldwork was conducted in a coastal village involving ten key participants residing in the village who had undergone cancer ...
  • Placebo by proxy expectations toward acupuncture change over time: A survey comparing parental expectations to acupuncture pre- and postoperatively 

    Liodden, Ingrid Elisabeth; Pripp, Are Hugo; Norheim, Arne Johan (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-06-14)
    <i>Background</i>: Patients entering a treatment have expectancy to outcome based on their previous experience, the information received, and the credibility of the treatment. Once the treatment has started, patients may detect and interpret contextual cues and somatic state. Influenced and conditioned by positive or negative interpretations, their reappraisal may improve or worsen the treatment ...
  • "The prayer circles in the air": a qualitative study about traditional healer profiles and practice in Northern Norway 

    Larsen, Anette Langås; Salamonsen, Anita; Kristoffersen, Agnete Egilsdatter; Stub, Trine (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-05-31)
    In Northern Norway, traditional healing has been preserved by passing down the knowledge through generations. Religious prayers of healing (<i>reading</i>) and Sami rituals (<i>curing</i>) are examples of methods that are used. We have examined traditional healers’ understanding of traditional healing, the healing process and their own practice, as well as what characteristics healers should have. ...
  • The cancer may come back: experiencing and managing worries of relapse in a North Norwegian village after treatment 

    Skowronski, Magdalena; Risør, Mette Bech; Andersen, Rikke Sand; Foss, Nina (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-06-18)
    Little is known about how people living in the aftermath of cancer treatment experience and manage worries about possible signs of cancer relapse, not as an individual enterprise but as socially embedded management. One-year ethnographic fieldwork was conducted in a coastal village of under 3000 inhabitants in northern Norway. Ten villagers who had undergone cancer treatment from six months to five ...
  • Variability in peripheral rewarming after cold stress among 255 healthy Norwegian army conscripts assessed by dynamic infrared thermography 

    Norheim, Arne Johan; Borud, Einar Kristian; Wilsgaard, Tom; DeWeerd, Louis; Mercer, James (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-11-16)
    Exposure to cold climate is an inevitable consequence of military training in Norway. Adequate peripheral microcirculation in the extremities is important to maintain temperature, and to protect against freezing cold injuries. The aim of this study was to investigate the variability in skin rewarming ability. The study subjects consisted of 260 healthy Norwegian army conscripts, following a mild ...
  • Conventional and complementary cancer treatments: where do conventional and Complementary providers seek information about these modalities? 

    Stub, Trine; Quandt, Sara A.; Arcury, Thomas A.; Sandberg, Joanne C.; Kristoffersen, Agnete Egilsdatter (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-11-14)
    <p><i>Background</i>: Both conventional health care providers and complementary therapists treat cancer patients. To provide effective treatment, both types of providers should to be familiar with their own as well as alternative types of treatment. Our aim was to compare how conventional health care providers (oncology doctors, oncology nurses, family physicians) and complementary therapists ...
  • Sami yoik, Sami history, Sami health: a narrative review 

    Hämäläinen, Soile; Musial, Frauke; Salamonsen, Anita; Graff, Ola; Olsen, Torjer A. (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-03-26)
    Music as a possible health-promoting agent has attained increasing academic and scientific interest over the last decades. Nonetheless, possible connections between indigenous singing traditions and health beyond traditional ceremonial healing practices are still under-researched worldwide. The Sami, the indigenous people living in Northern Fennoscandia, have a distinct ancient vocal music tradition ...
  • "We own the illness”: a qualitative study of networks in two communities with mixed ethnicity in Northern Norway 

    Larsen, Anette Iren Langås; Salamonsen, Anita; Kristoffersen, Agnete Egilsdatter; Hamran, Torunn; Evjen, Bjørg; Stub, Trine (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-02-21)
    Background: When people in Northern Norway get ill, they often use traditional medicine. The global aim of this study was to examine the extended family networks’ function and responsibility in cases of illness in the family, in two Northern Norwegian communities with a population of mixed ethnicity.<p> Methods: Semi-structured individual interviews with 13 participants and 4 focus group interviews ...
  • Prevalence and reasons for intentional use of complementary and alternative medicine as an adjunct to future visits to a medical doctor for chronic disease 

    Kristoffersen, Agnete Egilsdatter; Stub, Trine; Musial, Frauke; Fønnebø, Vinjar; Lillenes, Ola; Norheim, Arne Johan (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-03-27)
    Intentional use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has previously only been researched in small, possibly biased, samples. There seems to be a lack of scientific information regarding healthy individual's attitudes and presumed use of CAM. The aim of this study is to describe prevalence and characteristics of participants who intend to see a CAM provider compared to participants who ...
  • Yoik experiences and possible positive health outcomes: An explorative pilot study 

    Hämäläinen, Soile; Musial, Frauke; Graff, Ola; Olsen, Torjer Andreas; Salamonsen, Anita (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-01-19)
    Background: Yoik is an old vocal music tradition of Sami, the indigenous people inhabiting Northern Fennoscandia and Kola peninsula in Russia. Studies of music therapy (MT) and especially singing have documented improvements in social and overall functioning in people With severe mental disorders and positive effect on depressive symptoms and sleep quality. Possible connections between yoik and ...
  • Which risk understandings can be derived from the current disharmonized regulation of complementary and alternative medicine in Europe? 

    Wiesener, Solveig; Salamonsen, Anita; Fønnebø, Vinjar (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-01-10)
    Background: Many European citizens are seeking complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These treatments are regulated very differently in the EU/EFTA countries. This may demonstrate differences in how risk associated with the use of CAM is perceived. Since most CAM treatments are practiced fairly similarly across Europe, differing risk understandings may influence patient safety for European ...
  • Acupuncture versus usual care for postoperative nausea and vomiting in children after tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy: a pragmatic, multicenter, double-blinded, randomized trial 

    Liodden, Ingrid Elisabeth; Sandvik, Leiv; Valeberg, Berit Taraldsen; Borud, Einar Kristian; Norheim, Arne Johan (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015-04-13)
    Objectives. To investigate the effect of a standardised acupuncture on nausea and vomiting in children after tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy when possible placebo effects were precluded. Methods. A pragmatic, multicentre, double-blinded, randomised controlled trial. The study was conducted over 10 months in 2012–2013 at three ambulatory clinics. Two hundred and eighty-two children, ...
  • Mapping the risk perception and communication gap between different professionals of healthcare providers in cancer care: a cross-sectional protocol 

    Stub, Trine; Musial, Frauke; Quandt, Sara A.; Arcury, Thomas A; Salamonsen, Anita; Kristoffersen, Agnete Egilsdatter; Berntsen, Gro Karine Rosvold (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015-09-03)
    Introduction: Studies show that patients with cancer who use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have a poorer survival prognosis than those who do not. It remains unclear whether this is due to a priori poorer prognosis that makes patients turn to CAM, or whether there is a factor associated with CAM use itself that influences the prognosis negatively. Healthcare providers should assist ...
  • Risk in homeopathy: Classification of adverse events and homeopathic aggravations – A cross sectional study among Norwegian homeopath patients 

    Stub, Trine; Kristoffersen, Agnete Egilsdatter; Alræk, Terje; Musial, Frauke; Steinsbekk, Aslak (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015-06-10)
    The registration of adverse events is important to identify treatment that might impose risk to patients. Homeopathic aggravation, a concept unique for homeopathy may impose a particular risk, as it is tolerant towards a worsening of the patients’ symptoms. The aim of this study was to explore the classification of patient reported reactions as homeopathic aggravations or adverse events. <br>Design ...
  • The acupuncture on hot flashes among menopausal women (ACUFLASH) study : observational follow up results at six and 12 months 

    Borud, Einar Kristian; White, Adrian; Alræk, Terje; Grimsgaard, Sameline (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2010-03)
    Objective: The previously published ACUFLASH study compared the effectiveness of individualized acupuncture treatment plus self-care versus self-care alone on hot flashes and health-related quality of life in postmenopausal women. This paper reports on the observational follow-up results at six and 12 months. <br>Methods: The ACUFLASH study was a pragmatic, multicenter, randomized, controlled ...
  • The effect of TCM acupuncture on hot flushes among menopausal women (ACUFLASH) study: A study protocol of an ongoing multi-centre randomised controlled clinical trial 

    White, Adrian; Borud, Einar Kristian; Alræk, Terje; Fønnebø, Vinjar; Grimsgaard, Sameline (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2007-02-26)
    Background: After menopause, 10–20% of all women have nearly intolerable hot flushes. Long term use of hormone replacement therapy involves a health risk, and many women seek alternative strategies to relieve climacteric complaints. Acupuncture is one of the most frequently used complementary therapies in Norway. We designed a study to evaluate whether Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture-care ...

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