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IN-CAM Outcomes Database: Its Relevance and Application in Massage Therapy Research and Practice.

Kania A, Verhoef MJ, Dryden T, Ware MA - Int J Ther Massage Bodywork (2009)

Bottom Line: Central to the development of a sound evidence base for MT are the use of valid, reliable, and relevant outcome measures in research, and practice in assessing the effectiveness of MT.The Framework includes health domains relevant to conventional medicine and CAM alike, and health domains that have been identified as important to CAM interventions.Users of the website may search for information on a specific outcome measure, plan research projects, and engage in discussions related to outcomes assessment in the CAM field with other users and with members of the CAM research community.

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Affiliation: Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada;

ABSTRACT
One of the most commonly used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities in North America is massage therapy (MT). Research to date indicates many potential health benefits of MT, suggesting that ongoing research efforts to further elucidate and substantiate preliminary findings within the massage profession should be given high priority. Central to the development of a sound evidence base for MT are the use of valid, reliable, and relevant outcome measures in research, and practice in assessing the effectiveness of MT. The purpose of the present article is to introduce MT researchers and massage therapists interested in using outcome measures in research and clinical practice to the IN-CAM Outcomes Database website by describing the Outcomes Database and identifying its utility in MT research and practice. The IN-CAM Outcomes Database is a centralized location where information on outcome measures is collected and made accessible to users. Outcome measures are organized in the database within the Framework of Outcome Domains. The Framework includes health domains relevant to conventional medicine and CAM alike, and health domains that have been identified as important to CAM interventions. Users of the website may search for information on a specific outcome measure, plan research projects, and engage in discussions related to outcomes assessment in the CAM field with other users and with members of the CAM research community. As the MT profession continues to evolve and move toward evidence-informed practice, the IN-CAM Outcomes Database website can be a valuable resource for MT researchers and massage therapists.

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Browsing alphabetically for outcome measures in the IN-CAM Outcomes Database.
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f2-ijtmb-2-1-8: Browsing alphabetically for outcome measures in the IN-CAM Outcomes Database.

Mentions: The Database can be accessed four ways to find a specific outcome measure. If the name of the outcome measure is known, then the measure can be located by browsing alphabetically (Fig. 2). The quick search (Fig. 3) and advanced search (Fig. 4) functions can be used to find an outcome measure based on keywords, a title, or specific information about the measure. Browsing by domain generates and displays a list of outcome measures applicable and relevant to that domain (Fig. 5).


IN-CAM Outcomes Database: Its Relevance and Application in Massage Therapy Research and Practice.

Kania A, Verhoef MJ, Dryden T, Ware MA - Int J Ther Massage Bodywork (2009)

Browsing alphabetically for outcome measures in the IN-CAM Outcomes Database.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3091455&req=5

f2-ijtmb-2-1-8: Browsing alphabetically for outcome measures in the IN-CAM Outcomes Database.
Mentions: The Database can be accessed four ways to find a specific outcome measure. If the name of the outcome measure is known, then the measure can be located by browsing alphabetically (Fig. 2). The quick search (Fig. 3) and advanced search (Fig. 4) functions can be used to find an outcome measure based on keywords, a title, or specific information about the measure. Browsing by domain generates and displays a list of outcome measures applicable and relevant to that domain (Fig. 5).

Bottom Line: Central to the development of a sound evidence base for MT are the use of valid, reliable, and relevant outcome measures in research, and practice in assessing the effectiveness of MT.The Framework includes health domains relevant to conventional medicine and CAM alike, and health domains that have been identified as important to CAM interventions.Users of the website may search for information on a specific outcome measure, plan research projects, and engage in discussions related to outcomes assessment in the CAM field with other users and with members of the CAM research community.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada;

ABSTRACT
One of the most commonly used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities in North America is massage therapy (MT). Research to date indicates many potential health benefits of MT, suggesting that ongoing research efforts to further elucidate and substantiate preliminary findings within the massage profession should be given high priority. Central to the development of a sound evidence base for MT are the use of valid, reliable, and relevant outcome measures in research, and practice in assessing the effectiveness of MT. The purpose of the present article is to introduce MT researchers and massage therapists interested in using outcome measures in research and clinical practice to the IN-CAM Outcomes Database website by describing the Outcomes Database and identifying its utility in MT research and practice. The IN-CAM Outcomes Database is a centralized location where information on outcome measures is collected and made accessible to users. Outcome measures are organized in the database within the Framework of Outcome Domains. The Framework includes health domains relevant to conventional medicine and CAM alike, and health domains that have been identified as important to CAM interventions. Users of the website may search for information on a specific outcome measure, plan research projects, and engage in discussions related to outcomes assessment in the CAM field with other users and with members of the CAM research community. As the MT profession continues to evolve and move toward evidence-informed practice, the IN-CAM Outcomes Database website can be a valuable resource for MT researchers and massage therapists.

No MeSH data available.