Complementary and Alternative Medicine Dialogue Lacking Between Patients, Providers – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A new survey from the NIH and AARP finds that although many people 50 and older use complementary and alternative medicine or CAM, they often do not inform their health care providers.
Briggs: Like the rest of Americans, people 50 and over are using complementary and alternative medicine.
Narrator: Dr. Josephine Briggs at the National Institutes of Health stresses the importance of a dialogue.
Briggs: We think it's important to ask and tell.
Narrator: Meaning both healthcare providers and patients should discuss CAM use. Dr. Briggs says sometimes there may be interactions between dietary supplements and prescription medications. For details on this survey and CAM, visit www.nccam.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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