Philip Prescott

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BACKGROUND Insomnia is the most common of all sleep complaints and is under-researched. The current treatments of choice are conventional hypnotics agents, but these have potential for serious adverse reactions. Uncontrolled and anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender oil is an effective treatment for insomnia, but this has not been formally investigated.(More)
OBJECTIVES To systematically review the literature pertaining to the prevalence of depression and anxiety in patients with prostate cancer as a function of treatment stage. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analysis. PARTICIPANTS 4494 patients with prostate cancer from primary research investigations. PRIMARY OUTCOME MEASURE The prevalence of clinical(More)
The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome should be rated daily, or at frequent intervals throughout the menstrual cycle. Self-rating is usually most feasible and separate rating of differing symptom groups is important, as symptoms differ in their response to therapy. Daily scores should be analysed to assess periodicity, either by subdividing the cycle into(More)
BACKGROUND Insertion of an acupuncture needle into an acupuncture point typically generates a range of sensations called 'de qi'. Most acupuncturists are taught that obtaining de qi is important when treating patients with pain but this can be quite uncomfortable for patients. OBJECTIVE This study assesses the importance of the strength of de qi, on the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the efficacy of acupuncture on stroke recovery compared to an inert placebo. DESIGN Placebo-controlled, randomised, clinical trial. SETTING Post-stroke rehabilitation wards in five NHS hospitals in the UK. SUBJECTS Patients between 4 and 10 days after their first stroke. INTERVENTIONS AND OUTCOME MEASURES The patients(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify psychological covariates of longitudinal changes in back-related disability in patients undergoing acupuncture. MATERIALS AND METHODS A longitudinal postal questionnaire study was conducted with data collection at baseline (pretreatment), 2 weeks, 3, and 6 months later. A total of 485 patients were recruited from 83 acupuncturists(More)
Complementary treatments for osteoarthritis (OA) are sought by patients for symptomatic relief and to avoid the iatrogenic effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. This systematic review evaluates the efficacy of the nutritional supplement Perna Canaliculus (green-lipped mussel, GLM) in the treatment of OA and substantially adds to previous work by(More)
Men with prostate cancer are reported as commonly using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) but surveys have not recently been subjected to a rigorous systematic review incorporating quality assessment. Six electronic databases were searched using pre-defined terms. Detailed information was extracted systematically from each relevant article. Study(More)
BACKGROUND The aim was to evaluate long-term outcome of DSM-III-R panic disorder at a mean of 5.3 years following a controlled trial of treatment that included antidepressants and behavioural counselling. METHOD Sixty-eight (86%) subjects were evaluated by lengthy research interview. RESULTS Thirty-four per cent recovered and remained well, 46% were(More)