Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Korean Medicine in General Practice: Current Status, Challenges, and Vision in Clinical Evidence


Publishing date
11 Mar 2016
Status
Published
Submission deadline
23 Oct 2015

Lead Editor

1Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

2University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

3Northwestern University, Chicago, USA


Korean Medicine in General Practice: Current Status, Challenges, and Vision in Clinical Evidence

Description

In Korea, traditional medicine had played a key role in general practice (GP) successfully before Western (conventional) Medicine was introduced by Japanese colonial government in the 1910s, and it has been still valid until now since dualistic medical system with Western and Oriental (Korean) Medicine is fixated. Korean Medicine (KM) shares the same origin with other East Asian medicines in treatment principles and relevant interventions, but it has been developed in accordance with its own local contextual specialty. Besides Saam acupuncture and Sasang constitutional medicine, GP also shows difference in the institutional aspects including medical care delivery system and reimbursement system as well as in the practical aspects such as selection of herbal remedies and acupuncture techniques. Current clinical situation which KM is faced with also has unique points compared with other East Asian Medicines including China and Japan.

According to the survey on the current status of use and consumption of Korean medicinal treatment and herbal drugs in 2014, 92% of the Korean population has experience of Korean medicinal treatment. Although considering this preference of KM, the future of KM is not always a bed of roses. The conflicts between other medical professions, adoption of health technology assessment in the government policy, and increase of medical knowledge in the general population urge Korean medicinal practitioners to suggest concrete evidence for medical decision through rigorous clinical studies. The new-generation KM doctors want to emerge from the past education of apprentices based on great master's anecdotal experiences and prefer scientific evidence for their own practice. Reflecting these trends, outstanding clinical trials have started to be conducted in Korea during the last decade. Clinical guidelines on musculoskeletal diseases and Hwabyung, a Korean specific somatization disorder, were published currently as well.

In this special issue, we intend to invite the A to Z of clinical researches on the current status of KM. Any types of clinical studies and reviews on evidence-based medicine in GP settings are welcomed. We hope this issue would contain meaningful achievements reflecting current clinical practice of KM.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies on acupuncture and herbal medicines in KM
  • Systematic and narrative reviews on interventions of KM
  • Research protocols of trials and reviews of KM interventions
  • Qualitative researches on the experience and perception of KM
  • Survey on the current situation of KM in GP settings
  • Comparative effectiveness research with KM and Western conventional medicine
  • Clinical studies on Sasang constitutional medicine and Saam acupuncture
  • Outstanding case studies or case series on intractable diseases with KM
  • Clinical guidelines and studies on the development of clinical guidelines in KM

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3269474
  • - Editorial

Korean Medicine in General Practice: Current Status, Challenges, and Vision in Clinical Evidence

Tae-Hun Kim | Christopher Zaslawski | ... | Jung Won Kang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3759069
  • - Research Article

Clinical Experiences of Korean Medicine Treatment against Urinary Bladder Cancer in General Practice

Taeyeol Park | Sanghun Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8948690
  • - Research Article

Cold Hypersensitivity in the Hands and Feet May Be Associated with Functional Dyspepsia: Results of a Multicenter Survey Study

Kwang-Ho Bae | Ju Ah Lee | ... | Siwoo Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8160838
  • - Research Article

Translation of Korean Medicine Use to ICD-Codes Using National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort

Ye-Seul Lee | Ye-Rin Lee | ... | Bo-Hyoung Jang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1912897
  • - Research Article

The Study of Misclassification Probability in Discriminant Model of Pattern Identification for Stroke

Mi Mi Ko | Honggie Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2696019
  • - Research Article

Confirmatory and Exploratory Factor Analysis for Validating the Phlegm Pattern Questionnaire for Healthy Subjects

Hyunho Kim | Boncho Ku | ... | Young-Bae Park
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3410213
  • - Research Article

Effect and Safety of Shihogyejitang for Drug Resistant Childhood Epilepsy

Jinsoo Lee | Kwanghyun Son | ... | Moonju Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4683121
  • - Review Article

Pharmacopuncture in Korea: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Jimin Park | Hyangsook Lee | ... | Jong-In Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 517158
  • - Research Article

Effect of Herbal Prescriptions in Accordance with Pattern Identification in Acute Cerebral Infarction Patients: Based on Fire-Heat Pattern

WooSang Jung | JungMi Park | ... | Sangho Hyun
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 103683
  • - Research Article

A Retrospective Analysis of Patients’ Conditions Using Acupuncture in a Traditional Korean Medicine Hospital

Kyung-Jin Yun | Ju Ah Lee | ... | Eun-Yong Lee
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