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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    Australian pharmacy students rate CAM

    Pharmacy students view education about CAM as a core and integral part of their professional degree.

    First, the details.

    • 119 undergraduate pharmacy students from a University in South East Queensland, Australia participated in a survey or interview.

    And, the results.

    • 96% of pharmacy students believe that pharmacists should be able to advise patients about CAM.
    • 94% used CAM prior to enrolling in the program.
    • 89% perceived education about CAM as a core and integral part of their professional degree.
    • They favored it over an additional postgraduate degree.
    • They saw a greater need for education in herbals, vitamins and minerals compared to acupuncture, meditation, and bio-magnetism.
    • Greater knowledge of CAM was associated with a greater need for education about it.

    The bottom line?
    The author first reported these findings at a pharmacy meeting in Australia several months ago. The results have now been published.

    It’s one more in a series of studies that shows support for CAM education by healthcare students in Canada, Wales, and the US, here and here.

    4/9/08 23:23 JR

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