Journal Columns

Cochrane Complementary Medicine has published Cochrane columns in the CAM journals Global Advances in Health and Medicine, European Journal of Integrative Medicine,  Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and Explore. The Global Advances in Health and Medicine, European Journal of Integrative Medicine, and  Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine columns provide Summary of Findings tables and Plain Language Summaries of CAM-related Cochrane Reviews. The Explore column provides clinician-oriented commentaries on CAM-related Cochrane reviews. A further description of each of these columns is provided below, together with links to the full-text PDFs of the columns published to date.

Cochrane Complementary Medicine Summary of Findings columns in Global Advances in Health and Medicine, European Journal of Integrative Medicine, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

Beginning with the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Cochrane Complementary Medicine launched a column to highlight for CAM researchers and clinicians some of the recent Summaries of Findings tables and Plain Language Summaries of CAM-related Cochrane reviews. The Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine columns listed below have now been published and can be accessed by clicking on the hyperlinked text below. The Cochrane Summary of Findings/Plain Language Summary column was moved to the new journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine, starting with this new journal’s first issue of March 2011. Beginning in 2015, Cochrane Summary of Findings/Plain Language Summary columns have also been published in the journal European Journal of Integrative Medicine.

  1. Manheimer E, Brian B, Vist G, Glenton C. The effect of probiotics on preventing necrotizing enterocolitis in premature babies. Altern Ther Health Med. 2009 Jul/Aug:15(4):18-20.
  2. Vist G, Glenton C. Chinese herbs for angina. Altern Ther Health Med. 2010 Mar-Apr;16(2):48-50.
  3. Underland V, Strømme Nilsen E, Sæterdal I. Cochrane CAM review: summary of findings: Serenoa repens for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Altern Ther Health Med. 2011 Jan-Feb;17(1):8-9.
  4. Underland V, Sæterdal I, Strømme Nilsen E. Cochrane CAM review: summary of findings: Music therapy for acquired brain injury. Altern Ther Health Med. 2011;17(2):16-17.
  5. Underland V, Sæterdal I, Strømme Nilsen E. Artichoke leaf extract for hypercholesterolaemia. Altern Ther Health Med 2011;17(6):18-19.
  6. Sæterdal I, Underland V, Strømme Nilsen E. Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections. Altern Ther Health Med. 2012;17(2):9-10.
  7. Manheimer E. Summary of findings tables: presenting the main findings of Cochrane CAM-related reviews in a transparent and simple tabular format. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 2012;1(1):90-91.
  8. Underland V, Sæterdal I, Strømme Nilsen E. Horse Chestnut Seed Extract for Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 2012;1(1):122-123.
  9. Sæterdal I,Underland V, Strømme Nilsen E. Probiotics for Preventing Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infections. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 2012;1(2):92-93.

CAM Field Cochrane review commentary column in Explore (previously published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine)

The CAM Field also coordinates the preparation of a column, published in the CAM journal Explore (initially published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine), which provides a commentary of CAM-related Cochrane reviews. Each Explore column typically includes the reproduction of the abstract of a relevant CAM-related Cochrane review, followed by a commentary on the review. This column was designed to promote an awareness of the Cochrane Collaboration and to improve the understanding of randomized trial and systematic review methodology among CAM practitioners and researchers. In 2014, the orientation of the column was modified to provide a clinician-relevant summary of the implications for clinical practice. The Explore Cochrane commentary columns (as well as the initial three Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine commentary columns) published to date can be accessed below:

  1. Manheimer E, Berman B. Cochrane for CAM Providers: commentary on the Cochrane review of acupuncture for idiopathic headache. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 Sept-Oct;9(5):110-112.
  2. Caspi O. Commentary on the Cochrane review of melatonin for the prevention and treatment of jet lag. Altern Ther Health Med. 2004 Mar-Apr;10(2):74-78.
  3. Liu J, MacLehouse H. Cochrane for CAM providers: commentary on the Cochrane review of ginkgo biloba for cognitive impairment and dementia. Altern Ther Health Med. 2004 July-Aug;10(4):78-81.
  4. Manheimer E, Berman B. Exploring, evaluating and applying the results of systematic reviews of CAM therapies. Explore. 2005 May;1(3):210-14.
  5. Trinh K, Phillips S. Critique of a Cochrane review [of acupuncture for lateral elbow pain]. Explore. 2006 Jan;2(1):64-5.
  6. Linde K. Updating systematic reviews. Explore. 2006 July;2(4):363-4
  7. Sherman K. Commentary on the Cochrane review of massage for neck pain. Explore (NY). 2008 May-Jun;4(3):213-4. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2008.02.013. PubMed PMID: 18466854. 
  8. 8. Yeh GY. Commentary on the Cochrane Review of tai chi for rheumatoid arthritis. Explore (NY). 2008 Jul-Aug;4(4):275-7. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2008.04.011. PubMed PMID: 18602623. 
  9. Pirotta M. Commentary on the Cochrane Review of Chinese herbal medicine for dysmenorrhea. Explore (NY). 2008 Nov-Dec;4(6):389-91. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2008.09.006. PubMed PMID: 18984553. 
  10. Molsberger A. Commentary on the Cochrane review of acupuncture for tension-type headache. Explore (NY). 2009 Nov-Dec;5(6):356-8. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2009.09.007. PubMed PMID: 19913766. 
  11. Foster NE. Commentary on the Cochrane review of acupuncture for peripheral joint osteoarthritis. Explore (NY). 2010 May-June;6(3):189-91. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2010.03.013. PubMed PMID: 20451155. 
  12. Fonnebo V. Cochrane CAM reviews commentary: is there more to quality than the research method itself? Explore (NY). 2010 May-June;7(1):53-54. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2010.10.010. PubMed PMID: 21194673. 
  13. Stener-Victorin E, Manheimer E. Commentary on the Cochrane review of acupuncture and assisted conception. Explore (NY). 2011 Mar-Apr;7(2):120-133. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2010.12.016. PubMed PMID: 21397874. 
  14. Schnyer R. Cochrane CAM Field: Commentary on the Cochrane Review of acupuncture for depression. Explore (NY). 2011 May-Jun;7(3):193-7. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2011.02.013. PubMed PMID: 21571238. 
  15. Bao T. Commentary on the Cochrane review of stimulation of the wrist acupuncture point P6 for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting. Explore (NY). 2011 July-August;7(4):263-264. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2011.04.013. Pubmed PMID: 21724162.