Policies Pertaining to Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies in a Random Sample of 39 Academic Health Centers
 
   

Policies Pertaining to Complementary and
Alternative Medical Therapies in a Random
Sample of 39 Academic Health Centers

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM: Altern Ther Health Med 2005 (Jan);   11 (1):   3640

Cohen MH, Sandler L, Hrbek A, Davis RB, Eisenberg DM

Harvard Medical School Osher Institute,
Boston, Mass, USA


This research documents policies in 39 randomly selected academic medical centers integrating complementary and alternative medical (CAM) services into conventional care. Twenty-three offered CAM services-most commonly, acupuncture, massage, dietary supplements, mind-body therapies, and music therapy. None had written policies concerning credentialing practices or malpractice liability. Only 10 reported a written policy governing use of dietary supplements, although three sold supplements in inpatient formularies, one in the psychiatry department, and five in outpatient pharmacies. Thus, few academic medical centers have sufficiently integrated CAM services into conventional care by developing consensus-written policies governing credentialing, malpractice liability, and dietary supplement use.


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