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A Look at the Alternative in Medicine

Study to examine complementary medicine

SATURDAY, Nov. 9, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- A $1 million study lasting nearly two years will examine the scientific and policy implications of the use of complementary and alternative medicine by Americans.

The study will be conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a part of the U.S. National Academies.

For the study, the IOM will enlist about 16 experts from a variety of fields including behavioral medicine, internal medicine, nursing, epidemiology, pharmacology, health-care research and administration, and education.

The expert panel will assess research findings on complementary and alternative medicine, hold workshops and invite speakers to address the panel.

When completed the study will: offer a comprehensive overview of the use of complementary and alternative therapies by Americans; identify important scientific and policy issues connected to complementary and alternative medicine research, regulation, certification, training and integration; and develop a conceptual framework to help with decisions being made in connection with those issues.

More information

Here's where to go to learn more about alternative and complementary medicine.

SOURCE: National Institutes of Health, news release, October 2002
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