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Evaluation of the effectiveness of acupuncture on the quality of life in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

Contact person in the network: Barbara Stöckigt
Funding: Dorit and Alexander Otto Foundation
Funding period: 2016
Project management: Benno Brinkhaus, Claudia Witt

In the mammary center of the Jerusalem Hospital Hamburg, patients with breast cancer receive acupuncture in addition to chemotherapy. The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of additional acupuncture treatment compared to routine care alone for quality of life in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. In a pragmatic, randomized study 140 patients are enrolled. Patients who receive acupuncture in addition to chemotherapy are compared with patients who do not receive additional acupuncture (control group). The treatment duration is 6 months. The main outcome measure is the health-related quality of life measured by the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Breast Cancer (FACTB) questionnaire at 6 months.

Integrative Medicine in Nursing - Development of an Anthroposophic Nursing and Therapy Concept

Contact: Wiebke Stritter, Britta Rutert
Funding: MAHLE Foundation & Software AG Foundation
Funding phase: 2016-2019
Project leader: Prof. Dr. med. Georg Seifert (Department of Pediatrics), PD Dr. med. Christine Holmberg (Institute of Public Health)
With the help of methods from mixed-methods health services research, the actual condition of the current care situation on pediatric oncology is first of all collected and evaluated through participatory observation and interviews. Based on the results, a training program will be developed, taken over into the clinical routine and finally evaluated. The main focus of the training for nurses, doctors and parents is on certain anthroposophic care applications such as oil wraps and rhythmic rubbings. The entire process is scientifically monitored and evaluated by the Charité Institute for Public Health, Holmberg working group, and the Seifert working group at the Department of Paediatrics with a focus on oncology and hematology.

The healing process over time - a prospective mixed-methods case series with healers and their clients

Contacts in the network: Barbara Stöckigt, Michael Teut
Funding: Goerdt Foundation, German Foundation Center in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
Funding period: 2013-2015
Project leader: Claudia Witt

The aim of this research project is to gain insights into the development of the healing process and to generate hypotheses in a prospective case series with a "mixed methods approach" (combination of qualitative and quantitative research). In addition, exploratory first findings on the informative value of quantitative questionnaires for mapping the effects of the treatments should be obtained. In the sense of a longitudinal study, healers and clients were accompanied for several months on the basis of qualitative interviews and quantitative questionnaires.

Healers and their clients - a qualitative study

Contacts in the network: Barbara Stöckigt, Christine Holmberg, Michael Teut
Funding: Goerdt Foundation, German Foundation Center in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
Funding period: 2010-2012
Project leader: Claudia Witt

The purpose of this qualitative study is to gain an understanding of their treatment reality by analyzing the experiences and concepts of healers and their patients. Healers, in the European context, are people who, above all, practice the practice of laying on hands or heal the distance. Hypotheses are to be generated for the following areas: concepts of illness, health and healing, biographies, reasons / motives for use by clients, perceived effects of the curative treatments, generation of hypotheses on measurement parameters and study designs, relationship between healer and client, perceived impact factors, what is one "Good Healer" and legitimation strategies.

Intentional contact in geriatric care in geriatric patients with chronic pain disorders

Contacts in the network: Barbara Stöckigt, Michael Teut
Funding: Center for Quality in Nursing (ZQP), Berlin
Funding period: 2015-2016
Project leader: Benno Brinkhaus

In the complementary medical field, physical contact, e.g. used for pain, stress and anxiety reduction and to improve general wellbeing. Primary questions of the present project are: How do carers and patients experience intentional contact? How Do Patients and Nurses Describe Their Therapeutic Experience Regarding Changes in Pain Perception? Open, semi-structured interviews are carried out with Nursing Care Assistants who use Intentional Touch (n = 3) and their pain patients (n = 5) to be cared for. The interviews are supplemented by participant observations (with video recordings) and evaluated inductively and deductively on the basis of a qualitative content analysis.

Rosary Praying and Health - a Qualitative Study

Contact person in the network: Barbara Stöckigt, Michael Teut
Funding: Karl und Veronika Carstens-Stiftung
Funding period: 2018-2019
Project management: Benno Brinkhaus

The rosary prayer is a common occidental Christian meditative form of prayer, which is used since centuries in Europe. In contrast to other forms of meditation there is little research about its health promoting and therapeutic effects. Aim of this study is to learn about the perceived effects of the rosary prayer on disease, health, well-being, spirituality and religiosity by the respondents. An explorative qualitative study with semi-structured interviews with 10 catholic adults, practicing the rosary prayer regularly, will be conducted.