A Review of the Incorporation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Mainstream Physicians

John A. Astin, Ariane Marie, Kenneth R. Pelletier, Erik Hansen, William L. Haskell
1998 Archives of Internal Medicine  
Studies suggest that between 30% and 50% of the adult population in industrialized nations use some form of complementary and/or alternative medicine (CAM) to prevent or treat a variety of health-related problems. Method: A comprehensive literature search identified 25 surveys conducted between 1982 and 1995 that examined the practices and beliefs of conventional physicians with regard to 5 of the more prominent CAM therapies: acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, herbal medicine, and massage.
more » ... Six studies were excluded owing to their methodological limitations. Results: Across surveys, acupuncture had the highest rate of physician referral (43%) among the 5 CAM therapies, followed by chiropractic (40%) and massage (21%). Rates of CAM practice by conventional physicians varied from a low of 9% for homeopathy to a high of 19% for chiropractic and massage therapy. Approximately half REVIEW ARTICLE
doi:10.1001/archinte.158.21.2303 pmid:9827781 fatcat:qhbcgb7n4nhztjryn43itfz3eq