The assignment from Norwegian health authorities contains carrying out our own research; to contribute to and to coordinate other research activities in the field. The goal for this is to develop new knowledge about CAM and - if possible - how it can be useful for coping with illness and health problems. The purpose of this is to help patients make informed and safe choices for their own health.
• Our researchers
In many cases, the research status on CAM is characterized by gaps in knowledge at different levels. Our research aims to help closing such gaps, and should therefore be multi-methodological in its approach; with surveys, cross-sectional surveys, qualitative studies, observational studies, mixed methods, randomized controlled studies and systematic reviews.
NAFKAM's research has many audiences; from patients who make choices for their own health; their next-of-kin; those who make treatment choices for others; healthcare professionals treating patients who use CAM; lecturers and students in health sciences; the media reporting from the field; politicians and authorities who set framework conditions for the offering, practice and use of such treatment; as well as the international health research field and the WHO as an agenda setter. It is our aim that NAFKAM’s research has high impact; is well-known and widely used by our audiences.
Risk of adverse effects, unforeseen and unwanted interactions with other treatment, incorrect treatment and health deterioration are all realistic but traditionally under-communicated topics in CAM. Thus, patient safety is a mandatory focus in all studies and projects initiated by NAFKAM.
Our goal is that people who use different kinds of health services, patients and the population; as well as providers of CAM and conventional health and care services are actively involved and participate (PPI) in NAFKAM's research projects.
Involvement and participation from these groups will be made visible in all phases, for example in the design and planning of new studies and projects, in the implementation of study and project activities, in the dissemination and implementation of the results, and in the evaluation process when the study or project has been completed. More information on the subjects of PPI and CCI can be found in NAFKAM's strategic plan for 2021-25.
Focus areas, 2021-2025
During this strategy period, NAFKAM has particular focus on the following areas in its research:
• Chronic pain
• Mental health problems/ ailments
• Our “Crash course” in research on CAM
• The placebo effect and CAM
• Research ideas and tips?