Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Research Methodology: Choices, Logistics, and Challenges


Publishing date
03 Jan 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
16 Aug 2013

Lead Editor

1Military Medical Research Program, Samueli Institute, Corona del Mar, CA 92625, USA; Department of Planning, Policy, and Design, University of California, Irvine, CA 92617, USA

2Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 9040, USA

3Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support, Sepulveda, Greater Los Angeles, CA 91343, USA

4Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs, Chesterfield, MO 63017, USA

5Primary Care and Population Sciences, The University of Southampton, Aldermoor Health Centre, Aldermoor Close, Southampton SO16 5ST, UK

6School of Health Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand


Research Methodology: Choices, Logistics, and Challenges

Description

The role, benefits, challenges, and appropriate use of research methods in the basic and applied social and clinical sciences have been debated extensively in recent years. The fields of clinical research and health services research in particular have benefited from insightful, comprehensive debates and discussions of research methods and their appropriate use. We invite empirical, methodological, and theoretical articles discussing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) methods research across the social, behavioral, health, technological, and human sciences. We encourage contributors to focus on the pragmatic aspects of research methodology in addition to conceptual and validity issues and to foster dialogue and comparisons among different approaches as applied in CAM research in comparison to conventional therapies research.

We invite investigators to contribute original research and methods articles as well as review articles that will stimulate continuing efforts to identify the advantages and disadvantages of various research methods. We are especially interested in articles offering guidance in selecting and applying appropriate methods and avoiding potential pitfalls and suggestions for diagnosing and correcting methods-related problems. The aim of this special issue is to increase synergies between CAM and conventional therapy approaches around research methodology. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Meta-analysis/systematic review methods
  • Methods for rapid review and related assessments and syntheses of the literature
  • Qualitative research methodology, quantitative research methodology, and mixed methods
  • Systems approaches
  • Validity methodology
  • Methods of modeling and simulation
  • Optimal study design and design tradeoffs (e.g., internal versus external validity)
  • Health services research methods
  • Efficacy versus effectiveness
  • Comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research methodology for practice-based and pragmatic studies
  • Methods for partnered research, engaged research, and practice-based research

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/method/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 780520
  • - Editorial

Research Methodology: Choices, Logistics, and Challenges

Ian D. Coulter | George Lewith | ... | Brian Mittman
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 694804
  • - Review Article

External Validity and Model Validity: A Conceptual Approach for Systematic Review Methodology

Raheleh Khorsan | Cindy Crawford
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 561320
  • - Review Article

Developing Digital Interventions: A Methodological Guide

Katherine Bradbury | Sam Watts | ... | George Lewith
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 701280
  • - Research Article

Mixed-Methods Research in a Complex Multisite VA Health Services Study: Variations in the Implementation and Characteristics of Chiropractic Services in VA

Raheleh Khorsan | Angela B. Cohen | ... | Brian S. Mittman
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 187365
  • - Review Article

Mixed Methods in CAM Research: A Systematic Review of Studies Published in 2012

Felicity L. Bishop | Michelle M. Holmes
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 613797
  • - Research Article

Addressing the “It Is Just Placebo” Pitfall in CAM: Methodology of a Project to Develop Patient-Reported Measures of Nonspecific Factors in Healing

Carol M. Greco | Ronald M. Glick | ... | Michael J. Schneider
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 612890
  • - Research Article

Are the Effects of Homeopathy Attributable to a Statistical Artefact? A Reanalysis of an Observational Study

Rainer Lüdtke | Stefan N. Willich | Thomas Ostermann
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 652047
  • - Research Article

When a Whole Practice Model Is the Intervention: Developing Fidelity Evaluation Components Using Program Theory-Driven Science for an Integrative Medicine Primary Care Clinic

Sally E. Dodds | Patricia M. Herman | ... | Victoria H. Maizes
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 348272
  • - Research Article

Availability of Tongue Diagnosis System for Assessing Tongue Coating Thickness in Patients with Functional Dyspepsia

Juyeon Kim | Jiyoung Son | ... | Jinsung Kim
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