The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    CAM and the American College of Physicians

    The Physicians’ Information and Education Resource (PIER) was developed by the American College of Physicians (ACP). It includes tools designed by the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA) that are intended to help improve preventive health services and patient outcomes in asthma, coronary artery disease, diabetes, depression, falls, and heart failure.

    Interestingly, the PIER modules include information on CAM, as well as ethical and legal issues, and procedures for screening and prevention. PIER is available online to members of the American College of Physicians. This is good because attention to CAM by ACP enhances its perceived worth among its members.

    But what about the rest of us?

    The AQA was initially convened by the American Academy of Family Physicians, ACP, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). It consists of a large group of clinicians, consumers, purchasers, health plans, and others.

    Making the CAM component of PIER (or a modified version) readily available to other healthcare professionals and the public would be the best use of this valuable information.

    7/27/06 20:37 JR

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