"Researching Complementary and Alternative Medicine" provides a valuable and timely resource for those looking to understand, initiate and expand CAM research. This collection brings together leading international CAM researchers with backgrounds and expertise in a variety of areas including health social science, qualitative methodology, general practice, health services research and public health. Drawing upon their own research work and experience, the contributors explain and review core methods and research issues pertinent to contemporary CAM and its future development. Topics discussed include: the use and limitation of evidence in CAM research; the issues facing practitioners (GPs, therapists, nurses, etc) who wish to conduct research; how and why qualitative methods should be combined alongside quantitative methods to help explore CAM; how the randomised control trial (RCT) method relates to CAM; and the future direction of CAM research in terms of public health and policy-related agendas.
"Researching Complementary and Alternative Medicine" is essential reading for students, academics and researchers in CAM, health studies, medicine, nursing, medical sociology and public health. It will also appeal to CAM and allied health practitioners.
Introduction (Editor) Part One: Methods of CAM Research Chapter 1: Qualitative Methods in CAM Research Professor D Aldridge Chapter 2: Quantitative Methods in CAM Research Dr J Attia Chapter 3: Utilising and Analysing Data Sets for CAM Research Dr D Sibbritt Chapter 4: RCT Method and CAM Dr M Pirotta Chapter 5: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in CAM Research Professor M Verhoef Part Two: Directions and Issues in CAM Research Chapter 6: A Public Health Research Agenda in CAM Dr K Dew Chapter 7: Developing a Policy Related Research Agenda in CAM Dr K Thomas Chapter 8: Consumer Involvement in CAM Research Dr C Paterson Chapter 9: The Use and Limitations of Evidence in CAM Research Professor M Cohen Chapter 10: CAM Research in Clinical Practice Dr P McCabe