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Effectiveness of complementary alternative medicine in PTSD

A nurse researcher wants to study the effectiveness of complementary medicine like acupuncture or yoga for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. What would be the hypothesis and methodology or design. Can you give me an example?

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The answer depends on two scenarios: if the nurse researcher is going to do the work with doctors/practitioners or if the nurse will do a review of research published on the topic.

If the nurse decides to do a review of research published on the topic-
The review of clinical research on the topic may be too broad as there are many diseases that have been treated with both accupunture and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have independent published papers. There may not be enough on the medical realm on the specific topic of acupuncture or yoga on post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and it could be a good thing to point out the need to further study. It can also serve as a preamble on why the study is going to be done.

If the nurse researcher is going to do the work with doctors/practitioners, the following steps would be needed for the design of the study.

a) Independently if the nurse have access to a complementary alternative medicine (CAM) setting or not, the first step is ...

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Questions on how to design a study on the effectiveness of complementary medicine like acupuncture or yoga for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder are answer. It includes a possible hypothesis.

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