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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    More US hospitals offering CAM

    A survey of more than 6000 US hospitals by the American Hospital Association reveals that among 1400 responders, the percentage of hospitals offering at least one CAM service increased from 8% in 1998 to 27% in 2005.

    The top CAM services offered to outpatients:

    • Massage therapy (71%)
    • Tai chi, yoga, or chi gong (47%)
    • Relaxation training (43%)
    • Acupuncture (39%)
    • Guided imagery (32%)
    • Therapeutic touch (30%)

    Top inpatient services:

    • Massage therapy (37%)
    • Music/art therapy (26%)
    • Therapeutic touch (25%)
    • Guided imagery (22%)
    • Relaxation training (20%)
    • Acupuncture (11%)

    CAM offerings are most common in the midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin) and less common on the west coast. The least common areas to offer CAM services are in the South (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee).


    • Most (68%) hospitals offering CAM are in urban areas
    • Half of the hosptials offering CAM have 100 to 300 beds.
    • Teaching hospitals account for 36% of hospitals offering CAM services.
    • Patients (81%) pay for most CAM services as an out-of-pocket medical expense.
    • Insurance pays for 37%.

    The bottom line
    Most of the hospitals (79%) offer CAM based on patient demand. Other criteria include scientific evidence base (65%), availability of practitioners (53%), and market research (23%).

    Should I assume chiropractic is not considered CAM?

    4/20/08 17:52 JR

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