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Patient and Medical Education on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Abstract

Millions of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, often in the absence of scientific evidence of their safety and effectiveness and, in many cases, with-out including a medical professional in the decision-making process (1). Depending on how broadly one defines it, between 36 and 62% of the US population now relies on some form of CAM (2). Although annual visits to CAM practitioners now out-number visits to primary care physicians (3), only 12% of those using CAM therapies seek them through certified or licensed CAM practitioners (4). CAM users are usually paying out of pocket, using one or more alternative therapies on a regular basis in combination with prescription medications, and generally not discussing their CAM use with their physicians (5).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Ethics and Professionalism at the American College of PhysiciansPhiladelphia

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