|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
National Center for Complementary |
and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 21, 2002
The value of undertaking this study emerged from discussions among members of the Trans-Agency CAM Coordinating Committee, chaired by Stephen E. Straus, M.D., NCCAM Director. The Committee felt that the IOM had the expertise to critically consider questions of CAM research and policy.
"Americans use CAM therapies in record numbers," said Dr. Straus. "The IOM's report will give us a clearer understanding of the scope of CAM use by Americans, as well as CAM's public health impact, and scientific and policy issues that will better inform our research decisions."
The IOM study, led by Senior Program Officer Lyla M. Hernandez, MPH, of the Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, will not conduct new surveys of the public regarding CAM use. Rather, the IOM panel will gather and analyze existing data. In addition, the IOM study, which will recruit panel members after October 1, plans to address many key questions, such as:
The answers to these questions and the information generated by the IOM panel of leading scholars drawn from both conventional medicine and CAM, and from education, should serve to complement the recommendations of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy released earlier this year.
The agencies that are co-sponsoring the IOM study include:
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
John E. Fogarty International Center
National Cancer Institute
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Center for Research Resources
National Institute on Aging
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute of Mental Health
National Library of Medicine
NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
For information on the National Academies, visit www.nationalacademies.org. For information on the Institute of Medicine, visit www.iom.edu.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative medical (CAM) practices in the context of rigorous science, training CAM researchers, and disseminating 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.
Note to Reporters: for additional information about the study, the IOM, or the National Academies, call Christine Stencel, media officer, at 202-334-2138.