A SURVEY - 2005
The public demand for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies continues to be an issue for health professionals and healthcare policy makers, as growing numbers of patients utilize these therapies in Western nations. Currently, complementary and conventional medical care coexists with little contact or communication between the two treatment approaches.
The opinions of healthcare providers play a crucial role in the debate around integrating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into the current healthcare system. The aim of this study is to explore the issue of CAM integration from the provider viewpoint by determining a. what working relationship CAM practitioners and general practitioners (GPs) prefer or find acceptable, b. whether there is agreement in the responses of CAM practitioners and GPs and c.whether expressed opinions differ by CAM modalities.