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Adolesc Med Clin. 2006 Oct;17(3):521-46; abstract ix.

Alternative and complementary therapies.

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  • 1Adolescent Medicine Section, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA 98105, USA.


The field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is broad and diverse, comprising numerous therapeutic modalities. CAM therapies are viewed as either an adjunct or a complement to conventional treatment. As of 1997, 64% of United States medical schools included elective or required CAM courses. The number of CAM practitioners in the United States is projected to increase by 88% between 1994 and 2010, and the number of conventional physicians who incorporate CAM into their practices will increase by 16%. Patients and their parents can make various health care choices; doctors need to understand and respect these options, and to support them, if safe and effective.

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