New Data Provide Comprehensive Understanding
of Americans' Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
||The release of a nationwide government
survey on trends and demographic use of complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM) among both adults and children
in the United States. The National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Health Statistics
of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold
a telephone briefing to discuss the findings of the 2007
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
||The 2007 NHIS provides data on who is using
CAM, what they are using, and why people are turning to CAM,
among other related topics. It marks the first time questions
were included on children’s use of CAM, as well as the first
available trending data on CAM use in adults compared to
the 2002 NHIS data on CAM use.
||December 10, 2008 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
||Telebriefing and online presentation. By responding
to this invitation media will receive information to dial-in
to the telebriefing and to obtain access to an online presentation.
||To RSVP and receive dial-in information and
online presentation access please contact Lauren Musiol at
202-745-5051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Who Should Attend:
||Credentialed media only, please.
||Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., Director, NCCAM
and Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Acting Director, Division
of Extramural Research, NCCAM and Patricia M. Barnes, M.A.,
Statistician, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine's
mission is to explore complementary and alternative medical practices
in the context of rigorous science, train CAM researchers, and
disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.
For additional information, call NCCAM's Clearinghouse toll free
at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at nccam.nih.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.
Barnes PM, Bloom B, Nahin R. CDC National Health Statistics Report
#12. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults
and Children: United States, 2007. December 10, 2008.
Barnes P, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, Nahin R. CDC Advance Data
Report #343. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among
Adults: United States, 2002. May 27, 2004. http://nccam.nih.gov/news/camstats.htm.