Complementary and alternative medicine

Jul-Aug 2007 Issue
Are You Ready to Discuss Complementary and Alternative Medicine? [Feature]

The article introduces integrative medicine, the combination of mainstream medical therapies with CAM therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. It cites integrative family medicine residencies and other academic programs in integrative medicine and suggests ways that the reader might explore integrative medicine.

Apr 2005 Issue
The Ethics of Alternative Medicine: An Alternative Standard? [Editorial]

Let’s do more soul-searching before we advise patients about untested alternative therapies.We would not place our patients on methotrexate before learning that it was safe and effective. Let’s not give them magnetic treatments without the same standard.

Mar 2001 Issue
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Primer [Feature]

The author makes a case for why it's important for family physicians to be able to communicate at a basic level about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and, to that end, provides a "primer" that includes some basic information about the most common CAM therapies. It includes a table that lists commonly used CAM therapies with recommendations for their use, each of which are based on evidence or on approaches that are currently undergoing randomized control trials. It also includes a list of articles and books that physicians can consult to learn more about CAM.

Nov-Dec 1998 Issue
Take-Home Messages From the Academy's Managed Care Forum [Feature]

This article will cover the key points from each of the sessions offered during the Managed Care Forum at the 1998 AAFP Scientific Assembly.

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