Ann G. Taylor, EdD, RN, FAAN
Clinical trials of complementary and alternative methods
The Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies (CSCAT) directed by Taylor researches the use of untested complementary and alternative practices and products (CAPPs) by the public, especially those persons who have been diagnosed with cancer and who are seeking symptom reduction related to their disease or treatment. While the CSCAT seeks essential basic information in parallel to its supportive care clinical studies, it is committed to the clinical study of promising CAPPs before knowledge becomes available about the mechanisms of action, for example. Areas of research focus have included mind-body therapies (e.g., massage, mild vibration using physiotones) and bioelectromagnetics (e.g., electrocranial stimulation). The efficiency with which the CSCAT is advancing its supportive care research agenda is enhanced by leveraging the resources and expertise of research scientist and expert clinicians in other schools and departments within the University of Virginia, including the Cancer Center. Studies testing the effects of CAPPs on symptom reduction and quality of life for those suffering with cancer are pursued collaboratively with various oncologists and surgeons depending upon the complementary modality and the population being studied. This research uses the Biostatistics Core to design rigorous placebo controlled studies and to evaluate study participant responses to the CAPPs.