Research Studies

Status: Completed
Study area: Healthy Aging
Principal investigator: Downey L, Diehr P, Standish LJ, Patrick DL
Co-investigator(s): Kozak L, Fisher D, Congdon S, Lafferty WE
Project period: 2009

This article reports findings from a randomized controlled trial of massage and guided meditation with patients at the end of life. Using data from 167 randomized patients, the authors considered patient outcomes through 10 weeks post-enrollment, as well as next-of-kin ratings of the quality of the final week of life for 106 patients who died during study participation.

Status: Completed
Study area: CAM Research / Education
Principal investigator: Sandra Motzer (UW)
Co-investigator(s): Timothy Callahan, PhD
Project period: 2006 – 2009

This grant provided advanced practice nurses, graduate nursing students, and other health professionals opportunities to expand their understanding of complementary and alternative practices all within the context of culturally competent and cost effective care, ultimately, improving patient care

Status: Completed
Study area: Healthy Aging, General Wellness
Principal investigator: Mark Martzen
Funded by: Gencare Incorporated
Project period: 2008 – 2009

This study was conducted at Gencare Incorporated resident facilities in the Pacific Northwest looking at the effects of different activities on the quality of life in seniors.

Status: Completed
Study area: Neurology, Other
Principal investigator: Jason Allen, ND, MPH
Project period: 2008 – 2009

This randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to determine the effect of oral GSH supplementation on systemic markers of oxidative stress (F2-isoprostanes, 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG)), in healthy adult volunteers (N=40), as well as changes in red blood.

Status: Completed
Study area: Nutrition/Dietary, General Wellness
Principal investigator: EB Oberg
Project period: 2008 – 2009

This pilot trial tests the feasibility and effectiveness of the naturopathic diet as it compares to standard conventional dietary education.  Preliminary data will be used to determine if a naturopathic diet improves glycemic control, quality of life, and nutritional knowledge outcomes.

Status: Completed
Study area: CAM Research / Education, Healthy Aging
Principal investigator: B Lafferty (UW)
Co-investigator(s): L J Standish
Project period: September 2003 - 2008

The objective is to improve the quality of patient dying and death by the use of integrative medicine using mind, body, and energy interventions to complement allopathic comfort care for persons with advanced cancer and AIDS.

Status: Completed
Study area: Immunity, Oncology
Co-investigator(s): Standish, LJ, Sweet ES, Novack J, Wenner CA, Bridge C , Nelson A , Martzen MR, and C Torkelson
Project period: 2008

This article reviews the evidence that the functioning of both the innate and the adaptive immune system plays a role in preventing relapse in women with breast cancer.

Status: Completed
Study area: Other
Principal investigator: Weber W, McCarty RL
Project period: 2008

Characteristics of naturopathic physicians most interested in active pediatric research involvement included fewer years in practice, greater number of pediatric patients treated per week, and having shared office space.

Status: Completed
Study area: Botanical Medicine, Other
Co-investigator(s): Weber W, Vander Stoep A, McCarty RL,, Weiss NS, Biederman J, McClellan J.
Project period: 2008

In this study, use of H. perforatum for treatment of ADHD over the course of 8 weeks did not improve symptoms.

Status: Completed
Study area: CAM Research / Education
Principal investigator: Sasagawa M, Martzen MR, Kelleher WJ, Wenner CA.
Project period: 2008

Complementary and alternative medicine is either empowering or has empowered patients to use CAM. People who use CAM may have a better prognosis and better management of chronic conditions.

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