Integrative Medicine Patients Have High Stress, Pain, And Psychological Symptoms

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Karen Caldwell Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Integrative medicine (IM) is a rapidly growing ?eld whose providers report clinical success in treating signi?cant stress, chronic pain, and depressive and anxiety symptoms. While IM therapies have demonstrated ef?cacy for numerous medical conditions, IM for psychological symptoms has been slower to gain recognition in the medical community. This large, cross-sectional study is the ?rst of its kind to document the psychosocial pro?les of 4182 patients at 9 IM clinics that form the BraveNet Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). IM patients reported higher levels of perceived stress, pain, and depressive symptoms, and lower levels of quality of life compared with national norms. Per provider reports, 60% of patients had at least one of the following: stress (9.3%), fatigue (10.2%), anxiety (7.7%), depression (7.2%), and/or sleep disorders (4.8%). Pain, having both physiological and psychological components, was also included and is the most common condition treated at IM clinics. Those with high stress, psychological conditions, and pain were most frequently treated with acupuncture, IM physician consultation, exercise, chiropractic services, diet/nutrition counseling, and massage.With baseline information on clinical presentation and service utilization, future PBRN studies can examine promising interventions delivered at the clinic to treat stress and psychological conditions.

Additional Information

Karen Caldwell, Ruth Q. Wolever, Nikita S. Goel, Rhonda S. Roberts, Benjamin Kligler, Jeffery A. Dusek, Adam Perlman, Rowena Dolor, and Donald I. Abrams (2015) "Integrative Medicine Patients Have High Stress, Pain, And Psychological Symptoms" Explore: "The Journal of Science and Healing Volume 11 issue 4 pp. 296-303. Version of Record Available from []
Language: English
Date: 2016
Integrative medicine, PBRN, stress, psychological disorders, pain

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