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Starting Place

A great starting place for background information on patient experience is to begin with these four foundational papers from our colleagues at the Beryl Institute, an organization dedicated to improving patient experience in health care. If you want to go directly to an exploration to extraordinary outcomes from CAM approaches from patients, you might begin with this study by a team at Group Health Research Institute that followed up on patients who had been involved in a series of randomized controlled trials completed and published by the team.

  1. Unanticipated Benefits of CAM therapies for back pain
    An exploration of patient experiences. They concluded: "Positive outcome themes included increased options and hope, increased ability to relax, positive changes in emotional states, increased body awareness, changes in thinking that increased the ability to cope with back pain, increased sense of well-being, improvement in physical conditions unrelated to back pain, increased energy, increased patient activation, and dramatic improvements in health or well-being. The first five of these themes were mentioned for all of the CAM treatments, while others tended to be more treatment specific. A small fraction of these effects were considered life transforming."

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