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Complementary and Alternative Medicine April 1, 2007

Posted by Dreamhealer in Health.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a patient-led phenomenon, and Canadians are using it in record numbers. Children are not exempt from this use. In fact, a child with a serious, chronic, or recurrent illness has a 70% likelihood of using CAM. There are few areas in pediatrics that affect so many children, with such little attention paid by children’s hospitals, until now. 2003 marked the beginning of an exciting new approach to CAM research and education within an academic setting in Canada. The Complementary and Alternative Research and Education (CARE) program at the Stollery Children’s Hospital (Edmonton, Alberta) was created to address the information gap that currently exists regarding safety and efficacy of pediatric CAM use. By developing, synthesizing, and disseminating evidence about pediatric CAM, we hope to improve the health of children.

The CARE program is based on three “pillars”: clinical assessment, research and education. The CARE clinical assessment arm will start with a relatively narrow scope, addressing Traditional Chinese Medicine, naturopathy, and massage therapy. The CARE research program studies CAM broadly, to promote knowledge of safety and efficacy in children. The CARE education arm facilitates knowledge transfer to a variety of stakeholders, including academic medicine, CAM providers and colleges, the public and policy/decision-makers.  Read More….


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