Restricting CAM consumption research: Denying insights for practice and policy

Churchill Livingstone
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Complementary Therapies In Medicine, 2007, 15 (2), pp. 75 - 76
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Empirical study, often employing but not restricted to survey work, has illuminated exponential growth in CAM use around the world.1 In fact, this subfield of CAM inquiry has so rapidly burgeoned over recent years that CAM use (amongst other topics) may appear irrelevant to some research tastes.2 Having established levels and trends of consumption, some CAM researchers are perhaps tempted to focus attention upon what may be seen as âhigherâ order research questions. However, we should perhaps not be too hasty in casting CAM use and CAM user research aside. In fact, as I argue here, an appropriate appreciation of this subfield not only reveals how further investigation on CAM use and users is necessary but also helps illustrate how such work is essential to the wider enterprise of CAM research and the development of relevant CAM policy and practice.
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