Researchers from several US medical schools surveyed the students.
First, the details.
A panel of experts in CAM and integrative medicine, allopathic medicine, and medical education developed the Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine Attitudes Questionnaire (CAIMAQ).
1770 surveys were obtained in a national sample of medical students in 2007, which included 51% of US medical schools.
And, the results.
Respondents held the most positive attitude for the â€œmindâ€“bodyâ€“spiritconnection.â€
The least positive attitude was for the â€œdesirabilityof CAM and integrative therapies.
The bottom line?
In general, students are more positive toward the principlesof CAM and integrative therapies than to CAM and integrative therapies treatment.
The authors concluded, “A higher quality of CAM and integrative therapies-relatedmedical education and expanded research into CAM and integrative therapieswould facilitate appropriate integration” into medicalcurricula.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.