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J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Apr;11(2):373-80.

Integration of complementary and alternative medicine in a major pediatric teaching hospital: an initial overview.

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Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research, Division of General Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA. eshighfield@comcast.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the establishment of a multidisciplinary team of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) providers and educators in an urban pediatric hospital and affiliated medical school.

BACKGROUND:

Pediatric CAM use is increasing. Physicians are interested in CAM-related education but few programs had been developed in pediatrics. In 1998, Children's Hospital Boston established the Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research (CHPER), a CAM multidisciplinary team providing clinical services, education, and research.

METHOD:

A retrospective review describing data from patient consultation notes, CAM lectures, clinical practice guidelines, curriculum materials, team meeting minutes, and team member manuscripts and publications.

RESULTS:

Over 5.5 years, CHPER staff provided over 2100 consults: acupuncture, massage, holistic pediatrician, relaxation therapies, biofeedback, hypnosis, and bio-pharmaceutics. Acupuncture and massage therapies were incorporated into a Clinical Practice Guideline. Formal education was delivered through didactic sessions, workshops, self-learning modules, clinical observation, and clinical practice. CHPER faculty published 1 book and 64 articles on CAM-related topics.

CONCLUSION:

An interdisciplinary team of CAM clinicians and educators can be integrated into an urban pediatric teaching hospital to provide CAM medical education and clinical services.

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PMID:
15865507
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2005.11.373
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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