How the results of a recent food supplement study underscores the future needs of integrative medicine research

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December 2008


Patrick J. LaRiccia, MD, is a Board Certified Internist, who has practiced Integrative Medicine the past 25 years. He is past president of the Acupuncture Society of Pennsylvania and the New York Society of Acupuncture for Physicians and Dentists. He recently completed a National Institute of Health (NIH) Research Training Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

This lecture was delivered as part of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine's Grand Rounds series on December 9, 2008. Copyright 2008 by Patrick J. LaRiccia, MD.

The streaming video presentation lasts approximately 51 minutes.

Download the presentation (video/apreso) - December 2008


Overall goals and objectives:

1. Describe challenges of conducting a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of a food supplement.
2. Learn cost saving strategies in conducting a food supplement RCT.
3. Describe challenges of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) research from the perspective of the patient.
4. Define three research designs applicable to CAM research.