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.

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    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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    Evidence-based practice in CAM

    CAMIn practice, evidence-based medicine means integrating individual expertise with the best available scientific research.

    Prof. Ernst thinks evidence-based practice is “essential for any form of health care.” But how many professional CAM societies incorporate it in their codes of ethics?

    First, the details.

    • Codes of ethics from the following organizations were reviewed.
      • Association of Naturopathic Practitioners
      • Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK)
      • Ayurvedic Practitioners Association
      • British Acupuncture Council
      • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
      • European Herbal Practitioners Association
      • General Chiropractic Council
      • General Osteopathic Council
      • General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies
      • National Institute of Medical Herbalists
      • Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine
      • Society of Homeopaths
      • UK Healers
      • Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners

    The statements referring to evidence-based practice were compared with the respective codes of British doctors and nurses.

    And, the results.

    • Only the General Chiropractic Council, the General Osteopathic Council and the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies oblige their members to adopt evidence-based practice.

    The bottom line?

    Prof. Ernst concludes, “This discloses double standards in UK health care, which may compromise patient safety.”

    The fact is that evidence-based medicine practice is not a priority for most CAM organizations.

    Maybe I’m cynical, but even among allopathic medicine organizations it seems that political and profit considerations assume a higher priority than the day-today practice of their members. Case in point is the sweeping healthcare revisions in the US.

    More on evidence-based practice is presented here, with a tutorial here.

    12/24/09 12:10 JR

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