Med Students Say Conventional Medicine Would Benefit by Integrating Alternative Therapies

January 29, 2010 at 2:01 AM Leave a comment

In the largest national survey of its kind, researchers from UCLA and the University of California, San Diego, measured medical students’ attitudes and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and found that three-quarters of them felt conventional Western medicine would benefit by integrating more CAM therapies and ideas.

The findings appear Jan. 20 in the online edition of the peer-reviewed journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM).
“Complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, is receiving increased attention in light of the global health crisis and the significant role of traditional medicine in meeting public health needs in developing countries,” said study author Ryan Abbott, a researcher at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. “Integrating CAM into mainstream health care is now a global phenomenon, with policymakers at the highest levels endorsing the importance of a historically marginalized form of health care.”
Read the rest here at the UCLA Newsroom.
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