Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2013


College of Arts and Sciences


Biology: Pre-Med

Primary Subject Area

Health Sciences, Medicine and Surgery; Health Sciences, Public Health


CAM, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Complementary, Alternative, health care


Alternative and Complementary Medicine


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been used for centuries. Common methods include chiropractic, diet, yoga, and prayer. Though some methods have proven more successful than others, many have insufficient data to support claims of effectiveness.

A survey of medical professionals involving twenty-seven CAM methods was conducted in order to evaluate modern perceptions of complementary and alternative medicine. They were asked their experience with CAM, their personal opinion regarding its effectiveness, and how likely they would be to recommend a CAM treatment to a patient.

It has been hypothesized that more CAM treatments will be utilized in the future. This is most likely due to rising health care costs, greater individual exploration, and more data to support CAM claims.