Randomized trial of the effect of an integrative medicine approach to the management of asthma in adults on disease-related quality of life and pulmonary function

Journal Name: 
Altern Ther Health Med
Authors: 
Kligler,B.
Homel,P.
Blank,A.E.
Kenney,J.
Levenson,H.
Merrell,W.
Abstract: 
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of an integrative medicine approach to the management of asthma compared to standard clinical care on quality of life (QOL) and clinical outcomes. METHODS: This was a prospective parallel group repeated measurement randomized design. Participants were adults aged 18 to 80 years with asthma. The intervention consisted of six group sessions on the use of nutritional manipulation, yoga techniques, and journaling. Participants also received nutritional supplements: fish oil, vitamin C, and a standardized hops extract. The control group received usual care. Primary outcome measures were the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ), The Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-12 (SF-12), and standard pulmonary function tests (PFTs). RESULTS: In total, 154 patients were randomized and included in the intention-to-treat analysis (77 control, 77 treatment). Treatment participants showed greater improvement than controls at 6 months for the AQLQ total score (P
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2011
Volume: 
17
Pages: 
10-15
Keywords: 
80, Adult, Aged, Aged,80 and over, analysis, Anti-Asthmatic Agents, Ascorbic Acid, Asthma, clinical, Combined Modality Therapy, Complementary Therapies, Drugs,Chinese Herbal, Evidence-Based Medicine, Female, Health, Health Behavior, Humans, Internal Medicine, intervention, Israel, Lead, Life, Male, medical, Medicine, Mental Health, Methods, Middle Aged, New York, patient, Patient Satisfaction, Patients, prevention & control, quality, Quality of Life, Research, Research Support, Role, Supplements, support, therapeutic use, therapy, Treatment Outcome, Yoga, Young Adult