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University of Bristol DH funded scoping study of comp/alternative medicine (CAM) for musculoskeletal

Dear practitioner

Here at the University of Bristol we are conducting a DH funded scoping study of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) for multimorbid patients with mental health and musculoskeletal problems in primary care in the UK. By CAM we mean approaches where a practitioner is involved in providing a treatment complementary to conventional care, for example acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, Pilates, mindfulness etc.

We would be very grateful if you could help us to

1) Identify the grey literature, and

2) Identify any services in the UK which we could use as case studies

Please see below for more detail.

1. Grey literature – systematic reviews

Do you know of any unpublished or ongoing systematic reviews using CAM for musculoskeletal and/or mental health? We are interested in the following conditions:

- Back, neck, shoulder, knee pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia , chronic pain, headache

and/or

- Anxiety, depression, stress, bipolar, chronic fatigue syndrome and sleep problems

2. Case studies

We are looking for services in the UK where an integrated approach - CAM alongside conventional NHS treatment - is currently provided or has recently been provided. These services need to:

- Be in the UK

- Target patients with musculoskeletal and/or mental health issues

- Provide the CAM through primary care e.g. GP referral to CAM, GP practising CAM

- Offer CAM which is at least partially funded by the NHS or charitable funds etc i.e. the patient pays nothing/very little

We are interested in places where this is currently happening, but also where it has been attempted but been unsuccessful.


Prof Debbie Sharp and Dr Ava Lorenc


School of Social and Community Medicine
University of Bristol
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
Bristol, BS8 2PS

T: 0117 3314561
ava.lorenc@bristol.ac.uk

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