Methods of validating research in complementary therapies

Given the increase in CAM use and education, and given the growth of COMs, it is important to understand the baseline attitudes and beliefs of osteopathic medical students regarding CAM, as well as the factors that may have formed those attitudes.also found that (1) female physicians were more likely than male physicians to talk to their patients about CAM and to refer them for CAM modes of therapy; (2) younger physicians were more predisposed to use CAM for themselves and for their families, compared with older physicians; and (3) most physicians showed a willingness to use CAM or refer patients for CAM therapies for long-term problems.

Results: Survey respondents were 635 osteopathic medical students from 7 osteopathic medical schools and additional locations in the United States.

The most commonly used CAM modalities—meditation/yoga/relaxation/imagery, massage, and spirituality/prayer—were also most likely to be suggested to patients by osteopathic medical students.

Sex, age, and the use of CAM modalities were significantly correlated with attitudes toward CAM modalities.

The vision of RCCM is to promote research that will widen the availability of and access to safe and effective complementary medicine for patients within the National Health Service in the UK, to help prevent disease and improve patients' health and quality of life.

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