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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Contribution of mindfulness in rheumatic joint disease

    Researchers at Diakonhjemmet Hospital, in Oslo, Norway, evaluated the effects of a mindfulness-based group training in adults with inflammatory rheumatic joint diseases.

    First, the details.

    • 73 participants were randomly assigned to a Vitality Training Programme (VTP) treatment group.
      • A 10-session mindfulness-based group intervention including a booster session after 6 months
      • A control group received routine care plus a CD for voluntary use with mindfulness-based exercises
    • VTP is a 10-session group-learning program to help patients become more aware of their internal and external resources in order to cope with their current life situation.
    • Psychological distress was measured using the General Health Questionnaire-20 — a screening device for minor psychiatric disorder was.
    • Self-efficacy (pain and symptoms) and emotion-focused coping (emotional processing and expression) were also reported.
    • Pain, fatigue, patient global disease activity, self-care ability and well-being were recorded at a 12-month follow-up.

    And, the results.

    • Treatment significantly favored the VTP group and were maintained at 12 months for the following outcomes:
      • Psychological distress
      • Self-efficacy pain
      • Symptoms
      • Emotional processing
      • Fatigue
      • Self-care ability
      • Overall well-being
    • No significant differences were found in emotional expression, pain, or disease activity.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “People with long-term painful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from therapy helping them to deal with their symptoms.”

    12/23/11 21:33 JR

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