Policies pertaining to complementary and alternative medical therapies in a random sample of 39 academic health centers

Michael H. Cohen, Lynne Sandler, Andrea Hrbek, Roger B. Davis, David M. Eisenberg

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalAlternative therapies in health and medicine
Volume11
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005

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