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Healthier chlldren through evidence-based integrative health care April 5, 2007

Posted by Dreamhealer in Healing.

In 2003, the first academic pediatric integrative medicine program (Complementary and Alternative Research and Education program, CARE) in Canada was launched. CARE is an evaluative program whose mission is to generate and disseminate evidence about pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) to ensure safe and informed use. This program has three components – research, education, and clinical assessment – that together have been designed to:

  • Create a supportive and collaborative environment where conventional health care providers, CAM practitioners, and trainees can investigate and learn about CAM therapies and products from a rigorous evidence-based perspective;
  • Educate patients, families and health care providers about the safety and efficacy of CAM therapies and products through in-depth patient consultations; and,
  • Generate high quality evidence about CAM therapies and products.

The program’s outpatient clinic, multidisciplinary team of providers, educational and research resources as well as its collaborative relationships provide the foundation to ensure these goals are achievable. By combining clinical assessment, research and education, CARE promotes rapid knowledge discovery and dissemination. CARE’s educational and research programs were launched in 2003 and the clinical assessment program will begin in 2006. Read More



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