Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 39, Issue 7, pp 996–1005

Complementary Alternative Medicine for Children with Autism: A Physician Survey

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-009-0714-7

Cite this article as:
Golnik, A.E. & Ireland, M. J Autism Dev Disord (2009) 39: 996. doi:10.1007/s10803-009-0714-7

Abstract

Previous studies suggest over half of children with autism are using complementary alternative medicine (CAM). In this study, physicians responded (n = 539, 19% response rate) to a survey regarding CAM use in children with autism. Physicians encouraged multi-vitamins (49%), essential fatty acids (25%), melatonin (25%) and probiotics (19%) and discouraged withholding immunizations (76%), chelation (61%), anti-infectives (57%), delaying immunizations (55%) and secretin (43%). Physicians encouraging CAM were more likely to desire CAM training, inquire about CAM use, be female, be younger, and report greater autism visits, autism education and CAM knowledge. Physicians were more likely to desire CAM training, inquire about CAM and view CAM as a challenge for children with autism compared to children with other neurodevelopmental and chronic/complex conditions.

Keywords

AutismComplementary alternative medicine

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of General Pediatrics, Department of PediatricsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA