Research publications and presentations

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Crespin DJ, Griffin KH, Johnson JR, Miller C, Finch MD, Rivard RL, Anseth S, Dusek JA. Acupuncture provides short-term pain relief for patients in a total joint replacement program. Pain Med 2015 Jan 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Johnson JR, Crespin DJ, Griffin KH, Finch MD, Rivard RL, Baechler CJ, Dusek JA. The effectiveness of integrative medicine interventions on pain and anxiety in cardiovascular inpatients: A practice-based research evaluation. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Dec 13; 14:486.

Johnson JR, Crespin DJ, Griffin KH, Finch, MD, Dusek JA. Effects of integrative medicine on pain and anxiety among oncology inpatients. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr (2014) 2014 (50): 330-337.

Abrams DI, Dolor R, Roberts R, Pechura C, Dusek J, Amoils S, Amoils S, Barrows K, Edman JS, Frye J, Guarneri E, Kligler B, Monti D, Spar M, Wolever RQ. The BraveNet prospective observational study on integrative medicine treatments for chronic pain. BMC CAM 2013; 13:146.

Cotton S, Luberto CM, Bogenschutz, Pelley TJ, Dusek J. Integrative care therapies and pain in hospitalized children and adolescents: A retrospective database review. J Altern Complement Med 2013; Oct 31 (Epub ahead of print).

Bhasin M*, Dusek JA*, Chang BH*, Joseph MG, Denniger JW, Frichionne GL, Benson H, Libermann TA. Relaxation response induces temporal transcriptome changes in energy metabolism, insulin secretion and inflammatory pathways.PLOS One 2013; 8(5):e62817. (*Denotes equal authorship).

Knutson L, Johnson PJ, Sidebottom A, Fyfe-Johnson A. (2013). Development of a hospital-based integrative healthcare program. Journal of Nursing Administration. Feb 2013. 43(2):101-107. 

Wolever RQ, Abrams DI, Kligler B, Dusek JA, Roberts R, Frye J, Edman JS, Amoils S, Pradhan E, Spar M, Gaudet T, Guarneri E, Homel P, Amoils S, Lee RA, Berman B, Monti DA, Dolor R. Patients seek integrative medicine for preventive purposes to optimize health. Explore (NY) 2012; 8(6):348-52.

Farrar WS, Fyfe-Johnson AL, Baechler CJ, Dusek JA. Spontaneous normal sinus rhythm conversion using integrative medicine in atrial fibrillation. Global Advances in Health and Medicine 2012; 1 (2), 22-25.

Plotnikoff GA, Finch M, Dusek JA. Impact of Vitamin D deficiency on the productivity of a health care workforce. J Occup Environ Med 2012; Feb; 54(2):117-21.

Chang BH, Dusek JA, Benson H. Psychobiological changes from relaxation response elicitation: Long-term practitioners vs. novices. Psychosomatics 2011; 52:550-559.

Vanwormer JJ, Fyfe-Johnson AL, Boucher JL, Johnson PJ, Britt HR, Thygeson NM, Dusek JA. Stress and workplace productivity loss in the Heart of New Ulm Project. J Occup Environ Med 2011; 53(10):1106-9.

Dusek JA, Finch M, Plotnikoff G, Knutson L, Bauer B. Inpatient pain management.Explore (NY) 2011; Mar-Apr; 7(2):118-9.

Beard C, Stason WB, Wang Q, Manola J, Dean-Clower E, Dusek JA, Khan S, DeCristofaro S, Anne Doherty-Gilman A, Webster A, Rosenthal DS, Benson H. Effects of complementary therapies on clinical outcomes in patients being treated with radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Cancer 2011; 117(1):96-102. Epub 2010 Aug 27.

Dusek JA, Finch M, Plotnikoff GA, Knutson L. The impact of integrative medicine on pain management in a tertiary care hospital. J Pat Safety 2010; 6(1):48-51.

Hölzel BK, Carmody J, Evans KC, Hoge EA, Dusek JA, Morgan L, Pitman RK, Lazar SW. Stress reduction correlates with structural changes in the amygdala. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2010; 5(1):11-7. Epub 2009 Sep 23.

Chang BH, Casey A, Dusek JA, Benson H. Relaxation response and spirituality: Pathways to improve psychological outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation. J Psychosom Res 2010; 69(2):93–100. Epub 2010 Mar 1.

Samuelson M, Foret M, Baim M, Lerner J, Fricchione G, Benson H, Dusek JA, Yeung A. Exploring the effectiveness of a comprehensive mind-body intervention for medical symptom relief. J Altern Complement Med 2010; 16(2):187-192.

Evans KC, Dougherty DD, Schmid AM, Scannell E, McCallister A, Benson H, Dusek JA, Lazar SW. Modulation of spontaneous breathing via limbic/paralimbic-bulbar circuitry: An event related fMRI study. Neuroimage 2009 Sep; 47(3):961-71.

Casey A, Chang BH, Huddleston J, Virani N, Benson H, Dusek JA. A model for integrating a mind-body approach to cardiac rehabilitation: Outcomes and correlators. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2009 July/Aug; 29(4):230-238.

Dusek JA, Benson H. Mind-body medicine: A model of the comparative clinical impact of the acute stress and relaxation responses. Minn Med 2009: 92: 47-50.

Ospina M, Bond K, Karkaneh M, Buscemi N, Dryden DM, Barnes V, Carlson LE, Dusek JA, Shannahoff-Khalsa D. Clinical trials of meditation practices in healthcare: Characteristics and quality. J Altern Complement Med; 14: 1199-213.

Dusek JA*, Otu HH*, Wohlhueter AL, Bhasin M, Zerbini LF, Joseph MG, Benson H, Libermann TA. Genomic counter-stress changes induced by the relaxation response. PLOS One 2008; 3: e2576. (*denotes equal authorship).

Dusek JA, Hibberd PL, Buczynski B, Chang BH, Dusek KC, Johnston JM, Wohlhueter AL, Benson H, Zusman RM. Stress management versus lifestyle modification on systolic hypertension and medication elimination: A randomized trial. J Altern Complement Med 2008; 14:129-138.

Poster presentations

International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, Portland, Oregon, 2012

The impact of integrative medicine on inpatient patient satisfaction at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Jeffery Dusek, Lori Knutson 

Relaxation response intervention induces respiration and heart rate variability changes in hypertensives
Tim Mcconville, Kate Dusek, Jeffery Dusek

Goals: Bundled services to reduce the length of hospital stay in women undergoing gynecology oncology surgery
John Mrachek, Jeffery Dusek, Desiree Trebesch, Sue Sendelbach, Jason Haupt

Group acupuncture in an inpatient joint replacement center provides innovative and effective intervention for post-operative pain relief
Cynthia Miller, Pam Weiss-Farnan, Barb Hopperstad, Jeffery Dusek

Effects of integrative medicine on pain and anxiety for inpatient orthopedic patients
Neha Ghildayal, Pamela Jo Johnson, Amber Fyfe-Johnson, Jeffery Dusek

Vitamin D status of female healthcare employees of childbearing age
Greg Plotnikoff, Kristen Mullin, Laura Mahlke, Steven Calvin, Michael Finch, Jeffery Dusek

Vitamin D sufficiency is necessary for integrative treatment-associated improvements in chronic pain status
Greg Plotnikoff, Jeffery Dusek

Acupuncture treatment for hospitalized patients on anticoagulant therapy - A safety study
Cynthia Miller, Barb Hopperstad, Pamela Jo Johnson, Jeffery Dusek

Effects of inpatient integrative medicine on pain and anxiety in an acute cardiovascular population 
Amber Fyfe-Johnson, Pamela Jo Johnson, Neha Ghildayal, Jeffery Dusek

Resilience training for depressed healthcare workers: Results from 2 and 12 month followup
Jeffery Dusek, Henry Emmons, Carolyn Denton, Susan Masemer 

North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine Minneapolis, MN,  2009 

Evaluation of an 8-week resilience training program in moderate to severely depressed patients
Jeffery Dusek, Carolyn Denton, Henry Emmons, Lori Knutson, Sue Masemer, Greg Plotnikoff