New Resources - Supplemental Learning: Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Complementary and Alternative Medicine 


Section Contributor: Sonaly Rao McClymont, MD 




  1. Kemper K, Vohra S, Walls R. The Use of Complementary an Alternative Medicine in Pediatrics.  Pediatrics 2008 Dec; 122(6); 1374. 


AAP report that provides overview on the state of CAM within the field of Pediatrics.  Topics reviewed include definitions, epidemiology, common CAM therapies, medicolegal implications, ethical implications, research implications, and education/training required for CAM providers.  It also provides common strategies to use when discussing CAM with patients and families. (PC1, B1, PROF 6) 


  1. Vohra S. Pediatric Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal, Ethical, and Clinical Issues in Decision-Making.  Pediatrics.  Nov 2011.  Volume 128. Supplement . 


A supplement containing 10 articles that speak to different ethical, legal or clinical decisions that can be challenging when managing patients and families using CAM therapies. (PC5, PROF 1, PROF 5,6 


  1. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) 


NCCAM is the Federal Governments lead agency for scientific research on CAM.  Their website is an excellent resource to look for the latest research on CAM therapies.  There are links to a wide variety of resource for patients, families and healthcare professionals. (PC4, MK1 


  1. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) 


Access to free online video-lectures on CAM therapies.  Registration (free of charge) includes CME credit for viewing the lectures and taking a post-test.  (MK1, PBLI 2) 


  1. National Library of Medicine 


MedlinePlus is the NIHs website for patients and their families and is produced by the National Library of Medicine.  This site provides basic information on CAM as well as an extensive list of links to resources on latest news, specific conditions and therapies, clinical trials and research, law/policy, children and teenagers, and much more. (PC4) 


  1. National Cancer Institute. 


The National Cancer Institute is part of the NIH.  Its website provides an overview on how to approach the use of CAM in the treatment of cancer for both patients/families and healthcare providers.  It also provides descriptions of a wide variety of CAM therapies used in treating cancer patients with links to scientific evidence in support of many of these therapies. (PC4) 


  1. Kids Health, Nemours Foundation: 


These 2 websites are directed towards teens and parents respectively to serve as a starting point on understanding the background and use of CAM in the pediatric population.(IPCS1) 


  1. Adler S, Coulter Y, Polich G, Hyland K, Chan J. Responding to Patients Questions about Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine. MedEdPORTAL; 2012 


An excellent teaching exercise to provide trainees with skills on identifying and evaluating complementary, alternative and integrative medicine resources and then using this information to counsel patients on the use of these therapies from both a general and patient-specific perspective. (PC4, MK1, PBLI 1, IPCS 1)