Evaluating CAM treatment at the end of life: a review of clinical trials for massage and meditation

Of 27 clinical trials testing massage or mind-body interventions, 26 showed significant improvements in symptoms such as anxiety, emotional distress, comfort, nausea and pain. However, results were often inconsistent across studies and there were variations in methodology, so it was difficult to judge the clinical significance of the results.

A survey of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) awareness among neurosurgeons in Washington State

The use of CAM may influence neurosurgical care; and the role of spirituality and prayer should be further explored. Because CAM utilization is ubiquitous, open discussion and familiarity with CAM treatments are becoming increasingly important in the field of neurosurgery.

Naturopathic Physician Research Education Project (N-PREP)

This four-year grant is funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the NIH. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington, Dr. Guiltinan directs the development and revision of curriculum in the naturopathic medicine program to enhance research training. Clinical exchanges and didactic programs between Bastyr University and the University of Washington provide opportunities for faculty members to further their research interests.

A Randomized Trial of CAM at the End of Life (UW collaboration, Bastyr subcontractor

The objective is to improve the quality of patient dying and death by the use of integrative medicine using mind, body, and energy interventions to complement allopathic comfort care for persons with advanced cancer and AIDS. The effects of the study will be measured by the assessment of functional status, symptoms, and post-death evaluation of the quality of dying and death.