Alternative Medicine

The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Data Archive, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, fosters evidence-based research in complementary and alternative medicine, defined as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine as practiced in the United States. The archive includes data from nationally representative surveys as well as from clinical trials. Datasets in are indexed by Medical Subject Headings (MeSH codes) based on the content and characteristics of the original study.

Individual Studies in the Alternative Medicine Collection

Cocaine Alternative Treatment

Cocaine Alternative Treatment Study (CATS), 1996-1999
Investigators: Arthur Margolin, Herbert D. Kleber, S. Kelly Avants, Janet Konefal, Frank Gawin, Elena Stark, James Sorensen, Eleanor Midkiff, Elizabeth Wells, T. Ron Jackson, Milton Bullock, Patricia D. Culliton, Sharon Boles, & Roger Vaughan
This study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of auricular acupuncture as a treatment for cocaine addiction.
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Acupuncture Regimen and Amitriptyline

The Efficacy of a Standardized Acupuncture Regimen and Amitriptyline Compared with Placebo as a Treatment for Pain Caused by Peripheral Neuropathy in HIV-Infected Patients, 1993-1997
Investigators: Judith Shlay, Bob Flaws, Kathryn Chaloner, Jeffrey Cohen, David Cohn, Marjorie Dehlinger, Shauna Hillman, Mitchell Max, Carol Mesard, Jill Ramser, Patricia Reichelderfer, Jack Rouff, Catherine Salveson, James Sampson, & Victoria Taylor
The study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of a standardized acupuncture regime and amitriptyline hydrochloride for relief of pain due to HIV-related peripheral neuropathy.
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Moxibustion Acupuncture Point Zhiyin

The Evaluation of the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of Moxibustion on Acupuncture Point Zhiyin (67 UB) for Correction of Abnormal Presentation, 1995-1996
Investigators: Francesco Cardini & Huang Weixin
The study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of moxibustion (burning herbs to stimulate acupuncture points) on acupuncture point Zhiyin (beside the outer corner of the fifth toenail) as a means of promoting inversion of fetuses in breech presentation, by way of increasing fetal activity.
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Dietary Supplements Survey

Harvard School of Public Health/Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Dietary Supplements Survey, 1999
Investigators: Robert J. Blendon, Catherine M. DesRoches, John M. Benson, Mollyann Brodie, & Drew E. Altman
The purpose of the study was to examine the characteristics of dietary supplement users, attitudes about dietary supplements, attitudes towards government regulation of supplements, and to examine differences in attitudes between users and nonusers of dietary supplements.
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Hispanic Established Epidemiological Studies

Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiological Studies of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE), Waves I-IV, 1993-2001
Investigators: Kyriakos S. Markides & Laura A. Ray
The primary purpose of the study was to provide estimates of the prevalence of key physical health conditions, mental health conditions, and functional impairments in older Mexican Americans and compare this prevalence with that in other populations.
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Social Security Vitamins

John F. Kennedy School of Government/Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation/National Public Radio Health News Interest Index: Social Security/Vitamins, 1999
Investigators: Robert J. Blendon, Catherine M. DesRoches, John M. Benson, Mollyann Brodie, & Drew E. Altman
The purpose of the study was to examine the characteristics of dietary supplement users, attitudes about dietary supplements, attitudes towards government regulation of supplements, and to examine differences in attitudes between users and nonusers of dietary supplements.
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Medical Expenditure Panel

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), 1996
Investigators: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The survey was designed to provide nationally representative estimates of health care use, expenditures, sources of payments, and insurance coverage for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population.
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National Health Interview

National Health Interview Survey, Sample Adults, 2002
Investigators: National Center for Health Statistics
This is a multi-purpose health survey conducted annually and is the principal source of information on the health of the civilian, noninstitutionalized, household population of the United States. The main objective is to monitor the health of the United States population through the collection and analysis of data on a broad range of health topics.
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National Health Interview

National Health Interview Survey, Sample Adults, 2000
Investigators: National Center for Health Statistics
This is a multi-purpose health survey conducted annually and is the principal source of information on the health of the civilian, noninstitutionalized, household population of the United States. Extensive information is collected on health status, conditions, disability, health care services, and behavior. In addition, the 2000 NHIS featured the Cancer Control Module consisting of seven sections focusing on cancer risk factors and behaviors and collected information on Hispanic acculturation, diet and nutrition, physical activity, tobacco, cancer screening, genetic testing, and family history.
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Self-Care Aging

National Survey of Self-Care and Aging (NSSCA), 1990-1994
Investigators: Gordon H. DeFriese & Jean E. Kincade Norburn
This study was a population-based, national longitudinal survey of noninstitutionalized Medicare beneficiaries, designed to develop a national database on self-care behaviors practiced by noninstitutional elderly adults.
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Herbal Medicine Use Surgical Patients

The Prevalence and Predictors of Herbal Medicine Use in Surgical Patients, 2001
Investigators: Prasad S. Adusumilli, Leah Ben-Porat, Meriner Pereira, Daniel Roesler, & I. Michael Leitman
The purpose of this study was to assess the herbal medicine usage in surgical patients and the willingness of patients to reveal their herbal medicine usage to the surgical care staff.
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Periconceptional Multivitamin Birth Defects

The Randomized Controlled Trial of Periconceptional Multivitamin Supplementation on Structural Birth Defects and Pregnancy Outcomes, 1984-1994
Investigator: Andrew E. Czeizel
The study was conducted to test the preventive effect of periconceptional multivitamin supplementation on the first occurrence of neural tube defects and other congenital abnormalities.
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Effectiveness Feasibility Bone-Setting

A Study of the Effectiveness and the Economic Feasibility of Bone-Setting, 1994-1995
Investigator: Heikki Hemmila
This study was conducted to determine whether bone-setting (a form of traditional Finnish folk healing) or light exercise therapy could ease back pain and improve function better than ordinary physiotherapy.
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Use and Expenditure Complementary Medicine in England

Use and Expenditure on Complementary Medicine in England: A Population Based Survey, 1998
Investigators: Kate Thomas, Jon Nicholl, Patricia Coleman, & Christian Stacey
This survey was conducted to generate reliable population-based estimates of use of practitioner-provided complementary therapies in England in 1998.
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