Silver Book Fact

People with persistent pain who used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) had lower average health care expenditures than nonusers ($3,797 versus $4,153).

Lind B, Lafferty W, Tyree P, Diehr P. Comparison of Health Care Expenditures Among Insured Users and Nonusers of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Washington State: A cost minimization analysis. J Altern Complement Med. 2010; 16(4): 411-17. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2009.0261

Reference

Title
Comparison of Health Care Expenditures Among Insured Users and Nonusers of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Washington State: A cost minimization analysis
Publication
J Altern Complement Med
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Lind B, Lafferty W, Tyree P, Diehr P
Volume & Issue
Volume 16, Issue 4
Pages
411-17
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Economic Value

Related Facts

  • An oral cannabinoid was found effective in relieving diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain symptoms and improving disturbed sleep, quality of life, and overall patient status.  
  • 60% of people with persistent back pain who turned to complementary and alternative medicine perceived a “”great deal”” of benefit.  
  • Researchers have discovered that some types of glial cells have a major impact on persistent neuropathic pain and that targeting these cells may result in a new class of disease…  
  • A meta-analysis of duloxetine, an anti-depressant, found a 50% reduction in pain at 12 weeks for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and a 50% reduction in pain at 12 weeks for fibromyalgia.  
  • Topical NSAIDs were found in a meta-analysis to be significantly more effective than placebo in reducing persistent pain from musculoskeletal conditions.