Environment

Environment

The relationship between our body and environment is constantly changing. External stimuli can initiate a cascade of acute and chronic physiologic and molecular processes that can significantly impact our overall health trajectory. Understanding our response to our environment is a necessary tool for tapping into potential benefits, avoiding harm, and maintaining our health. Our research focuses on leveraging our environment to improve disease management and optimize health.   

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Examining the Role of Expressive Writing to Improve Resilience

(Duke funded) This study found that a 6-week expressive writing-to-heal seminar significantly improved resilience, perceived stress, rumination, and depression in individuals who had recently experienced an emotional or physical trauma. You can learn more about the study at ClinicalTrials.gov.

EMBARK VA: Exploring Massage Benefits in Arthritis of the Knee for VA Healthcare Users

(NIH/NCCIH funded) The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness and feasibility of an 8-week course of Swedish massage is for reducing pain and increasing function in adults who are VA health care users with osteoarthritis of the knee. You can view more information about this study at ClinicalTrials.gov.

EMBARK: Exploring Massage Benefits in Arthritis of the Knee

(NIH/NCCIH funded) EMBARK is the largest NIH-funded clinical trial on massage for osteoarthritis of the knee to date. In collaboration with Rutgers and Yale, this randomized controlled trial compared the effectiveness of Swedish massage and light touch bodywork in reducing pain and increasing function of adults with osteoarthritis of the knee. Enrollment is now complete for this study. You can view more information about the study at ClinicalTrials.gov.

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  • PRIMIER: Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Study
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  • (Bravewell Collaborative funded) PRIMIER is an innovative registry study designed to help illuminate current “best practices” in integrative medicine. In collaboration with a network of integrative medicine clinics across the country, PRIMIER follows the impact of integrative medicine on patients over time. Individuals who have been seen at Duke Integrative Medicine are eligible to participate. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Matteson Bechard at 919-660-6762 or elizabeth.matteson@duke.edu. You can also view more information about the study at ClinicalTrials.gov.
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