Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care for Chronic Painin an Integrated Health Plan: A Mixed Methods Study
Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain
in an Integrated Health Plan: A Mixed Methods Study
SOURCE: BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 (Nov 25); 11 (1): 118
DeBar LL, Elder C, Ritenbaugh C, Aickin M, Deyo R, Meenan R, Dickerson J, Webster JA, Jo Yarborough B.
Kaiser Permanente, The Center for Health Research, Portland, Oregon, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND: Substantial recent research examines the efficacy of many types of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies. However, outcomes associated with the “real-world” use of CAM has been largely overlooked, despite calls for CAM therapies to be studied in the manner in which they are practiced. Americans seek CAM treatments far more often for chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) than for any other condition. Among CAM treatments for CMP, acupuncture and chiropractic (A/C) care are among those with the highest acceptance by physician groups and the best evidence to support their use. Further, recent alarming increases in delivery of opioid treatment and surgical interventions for chronic pain–despite their high costs, potential adverse effects, and modest efficacy–suggests the need to evaluate real world outcomes associated with promising non-pharmacological/non-surgical CAM treatments for CMP, which are often well accepted by patients and increasingly used in the community. (more…)