The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Contribution of mindfulness in rheumatic joint disease

    Researchers at Diakonhjemmet Hospital, in Oslo, Norway, evaluated the effects of a mindfulness-based group training in adults with inflammatory rheumatic joint diseases.

    First, the details.

    • 73 participants were randomly assigned to a Vitality Training Programme (VTP) treatment group.
      • A 10-session mindfulness-based group intervention including a booster session after 6 months
      • A control group received routine care plus a CD for voluntary use with mindfulness-based exercises
    • VTP is a 10-session group-learning program to help patients become more aware of their internal and external resources in order to cope with their current life situation.
    • Psychological distress was measured using the General Health Questionnaire-20 — a screening device for minor psychiatric disorder was.
    • Self-efficacy (pain and symptoms) and emotion-focused coping (emotional processing and expression) were also reported.
    • Pain, fatigue, patient global disease activity, self-care ability and well-being were recorded at a 12-month follow-up.

    And, the results.

    • Treatment significantly favored the VTP group and were maintained at 12 months for the following outcomes:
      • Psychological distress
      • Self-efficacy pain
      • Symptoms
      • Emotional processing
      • Fatigue
      • Self-care ability
      • Overall well-being
    • No significant differences were found in emotional expression, pain, or disease activity.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “People with long-term painful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from therapy helping them to deal with their symptoms.”

    12/23/11 21:33 JR

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