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J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 1999 May-Jun;10(3):60-73.

Most frequently used alternative and complementary therapies and activities by participants in the AMCOA study.

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Bastyr University AIDS Research Center, USA.


This literature review examines the current state of the scientific evidence published in peer-reviewed journals indexed in MedLine for the 10 most commonly noted alternative activities reported by the first 1,016 eligible participants in the Alternative Medical Care Outcomes in AIDS study. The most frequently used activities are aerobic exercise (64%), prayer (56%), massage (54%), needle acupuncture (48%), mediation (46%), support groups (42%), visualization and imagery (34%), breathing exercises (33%), spiritual activities (33%), and other exercise (33%). Despite frequency of usage, clinical research is not reported on MedLine to support the use of most of these activities for HIV/AIDS. The limitations of using MedLine as the sole source for this review are discussed.

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