Complementary And Alternative Medicine

CAM and Conventional Medicine

News Note

More and more of you are turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). According to Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Americans often choose CAM for a variety of reasons, including believing in its effectiveness in combination with conventional medicine, because it seems interesting to try, because it was suggested by their traditional medical professional, and because of its cost effectiveness in comparison with conventional medicine.

Complementary Nursing Care

Pursuing Alternatives in the Medical Field

Two years ago, researchers Patricia Sohn and Cynthia Loveland Cook surveyed nurse practitioners (NPs) in Missouri and Oregon to assess their knowledge and use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The results of their study, published in a 2002 Journal of Advanced Nursing, revealed that while respondents appeared to embrace CAM on a large scale, a much smaller number actually based that acceptance on formal education.