|Published online: January 24, 2014||$US5.00|
A growing reality in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the need for practice to be validated by research. This is evident with the application of evidence-based medicine (EBM) to the larger landscape of healthcare. What appears less prevalent in the literature is discussion around the theoretical structure within which a body of scientific knowledge will be developed in CAM-related fields, and specifically whether assessment according to a purely biomedical framework is always appropriate. This paper will look at what can be learned from the experience of aligned fields, such as psychology, that have a long standing history of evaluating how to assess therapies and evaluate how that experience can inform the assessment of manual therapies, specifically massage therapy. Recent findings of a qualitative study will be presented to provide some initial insight into developing a theoretical model for the assessment of massage therapy.
|Keywords:||Evidence-based Medicine, Evidence-based Practice, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Massage Therapy, Manual Therapy|
The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2014, pp.17-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 24, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 348.379KB)).
Head Lecturer, Exercise Science Department, Wellington Institute of Technology, Petone, Lower Hutt, New Zealand