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Complementary and alternative treatments of multiple sclerosis: a review of the evidence from 2001 to 2016

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Claflin, SB and van der Mei, IAF and Taylor, BV, Complementary and alternative treatments of multiple sclerosis: a review of the evidence from 2001 to 2016, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry pp. 1-8. ISSN 0022-3050 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1136/jnnp-2016-314490

Abstract

People with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) commonly use complementary and alternative medicines (CAM), but an understanding of their efficacy is lacking. Here, we quantitatively review the class I and class II studies of treatment efficacy for multiple sclerosis from January 2001 to January 2017, in order to assess the modern evidence for CAM use. The 38 studies included in this review are divided across five CAM types (cannabis, diet, exercise, psychological approaches and other). We found little evidence to support CAM efficacy. The studies contained little replication in intervention, primary outcomes or study design. Six of 16 CAMs included in this review were only researched in a single study. Future work in this area should build consensus around study methodologies and primary outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:complementary and alternative medicine, multiple sclerosis, treatment efficacy
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Central Nervous System
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Nervous System and Disorders
Author:Claflin, SB (Ms Suzi Claflin)
Author:van der Mei, IAF (Associate Professor Ingrid van der Mei)
Author:Taylor, BV (Professor Bruce Taylor)
ID Code:120219
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2017-08-16
Last Modified:2017-08-16
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