|Volume 7 Issue 13 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Jan-2005||Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Institute of Medicine Report on the use of CAM in the U.S.
(13 January 2005: VIDYYA MEDICAL NEWS SERVICE) -- On 12 January 2005, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies released a report on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the U.S. The report looks at what patients and health care providers need to know about both conventional treatments and complementary and alternative therapies to make the best decisions about their use. The report examines issues of safety, effectiveness, and regulatory oversight, as well as the impact of new therapies on the evolution of health care.
Statistics on CAM Use
According to a nationwide government survey released in May 2004, 36 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 years and over use some form of CAM. CAM is defined as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. When prayer specifically for health reasons is included in the definition of CAM, the number of U.S. adults using some form of CAM in the past year rises to 62 percent.