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Complementary and alternative medicine use for headache and migraine: a critical review of the literature.
Headache. 2013 Mar; 53(3):459-73.H

Abstract

CONTEXTS: An evidence base for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) consumption within general populations is emerging. However, research data on CAM use for headache disorders remain poorly documented. This paper, constituting the first critical review of literature on this topic, provides a synopsis and evaluation of the research findings on CAM use among patients with headache and migraine.

METHODS

A comprehensive search of literature from 2000 to 2011 in CINAHL, MEDLINE, AMED, and Health Sources was conducted. The search was confined to peer-reviewed articles published in English reporting empirical research findings of CAM use among people with primary headache or migraine.

RESULTS

The review highlights a substantial level of CAM use among people with headache and migraine. There is also evidence of many headache and migraine sufferers using CAM concurrent to their conventional medicine use. Overall, the existing studies have been methodologically weak and there is a need for further rigorous research employing mixed method designs and utilizing large national samples.

DISCUSSION

The critical review highlights the substantial prevalence of CAM use among people with headache and migraine as a significant health care delivery issue, and health care professionals should be prepared to inquire and discuss possible CAM use with their patients during consultations. Health care providers should also pay attention to the possible adverse effects of CAM or interactions between CAM and conventional medical treatments among headache and migraine patients.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. jon.adams@uts.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23078346

Citation

Adams, Jon, et al. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use for Headache and Migraine: a Critical Review of the Literature." Headache, vol. 53, no. 3, 2013, pp. 459-73.
Adams J, Barbery G, Lui CW. Complementary and alternative medicine use for headache and migraine: a critical review of the literature. Headache. 2013;53(3):459-73.
Adams, J., Barbery, G., & Lui, C. W. (2013). Complementary and alternative medicine use for headache and migraine: a critical review of the literature. Headache, 53(3), 459-73. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1526-4610.2012.02271.x
Adams J, Barbery G, Lui CW. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use for Headache and Migraine: a Critical Review of the Literature. Headache. 2013;53(3):459-73. PubMed PMID: 23078346.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Complementary and alternative medicine use for headache and migraine: a critical review of the literature. AU - Adams,Jon, AU - Barbery,Gaery, AU - Lui,Chi-Wai, Y1 - 2012/10/18/ PY - 2012/10/20/entrez PY - 2012/10/20/pubmed PY - 2013/11/20/medline SP - 459 EP - 73 JF - Headache JO - Headache VL - 53 IS - 3 N2 - UNLABELLED: CONTEXTS: An evidence base for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) consumption within general populations is emerging. However, research data on CAM use for headache disorders remain poorly documented. This paper, constituting the first critical review of literature on this topic, provides a synopsis and evaluation of the research findings on CAM use among patients with headache and migraine. METHODS: A comprehensive search of literature from 2000 to 2011 in CINAHL, MEDLINE, AMED, and Health Sources was conducted. The search was confined to peer-reviewed articles published in English reporting empirical research findings of CAM use among people with primary headache or migraine. RESULTS: The review highlights a substantial level of CAM use among people with headache and migraine. There is also evidence of many headache and migraine sufferers using CAM concurrent to their conventional medicine use. Overall, the existing studies have been methodologically weak and there is a need for further rigorous research employing mixed method designs and utilizing large national samples. DISCUSSION: The critical review highlights the substantial prevalence of CAM use among people with headache and migraine as a significant health care delivery issue, and health care professionals should be prepared to inquire and discuss possible CAM use with their patients during consultations. Health care providers should also pay attention to the possible adverse effects of CAM or interactions between CAM and conventional medical treatments among headache and migraine patients. SN - 1526-4610 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23078346/Complementary_and_alternative_medicine_use_for_headache_and_migraine:_a_critical_review_of_the_literature_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1526-4610.2012.02271.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -