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Special issue of journal captures findings of the work of the European CAMbrella

The special issue of Forschende Komplementarmedizin (Research in Complementary Medicine) is entitled Insights into the Current Situation of CAM in Europe: Major Findings of the EU Project CAMbrella. The issue, which is the final work product and legacy of the multi-year CAMbrella project of 16 partner institutions from 12 Europeean countries of the European Union, includes reviews of literature on CAM prevalence, on legal status and regulation, lessons Europea might take from international developments, strategies for building a sustainable research network in CAM, and a questioning look at the potential to develop a pan-European definition of CAM. Editors of the special report are Harald Walach and W. Weidenheimer. 


Europe-wide CAM group issues call for action following meeting in European Parliament

Integrator adviser Paolo Roberti di Sarsina, MD shares a report and call for action issued October 9, 2012 that followed the European CAM Conference. The recommended action steps range from creating more access and expanding regulation of providers to developing methods for better incorporation in the healthcare to “encourag(ing) Member States to explore the ways in which CAM can contribute to sustainable healthcare  systems in Europe.” The call to action was issuesd after a day of presentation and discussions in hte European Parliament. according to a post-meeting press release. The release notes that across Europe there are “in the order of 300,000 CAM practitioners and 150,000 medical doctors practising a range of modalities such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, kinesiology, naturopathy, massage, reflexology, shiatsu TCM etc.”

Participant Harald Walach, professor of research methodology and complementary medicine at European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, offers the final comment in the release: “The growth potential of the sector, both in terms of GDP, savings on healthcare, healthier citizens, CAM workforce and innovative competitiveness is enormous. For this to happen, we need the EU to give it its due consideration and adequate resources, as well as a framework for professionals to operate in.”


Canada’s IN-CAM posts 2012 keynotes for member access

The Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research (IN-CAM) has made available to members the presentations from its November 2012 annual conference. Membership ($100) is required to access these resources. The presentations include:  

  • Claudia Witt, MD, MBA: Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Efficacy-Effectiveness Continuum in Clinical Research – Learning from Acupuncture Research
  • Barbara Findlay-Reese, RN, BS: Cultivating Leaders: The Next Priority for Integrative Health Care
  • Herbert Emery, PhD: Should Complementary and Integrative Health Care Services Be Included in Canada’s ‘Medicare Basket’ of Publicly Funded Services
  • Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD: Safety and CAM – Assumptions, Rhetoric & Reality
  • Marja Verhoef, PhD: Dr. Roger’s Prize Lecture on Evidence Based CAM: Challenges and Opportunities

Public health-CAM connection: update on Australia’s NORPHAM

The Sydney, Australia-based Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative medicine (NORPHCAM) continues to gather steam as lead actor at the nexus of the integrative health-public health convergence. The indefatigable Jon Adams, PhD references in the organization’s December 2012 newsletter the 69 authored or co-authored publications in the prior year by members of the organization’s executive team, plus a top rating for productivity as a research center. While Australia and Southeast Asia are the base of the vast majority of NORPHCAM’s 240 members, the associates include a smattering of well-recognized US and Canadian participants, including Beth Sommers, LAc, PhD, chair of the complementary and alternative practices section of the US Public Health Association and the Rand Corporation/Samueli Institute’s Ian Coulter, PhD. Notably, the organization’s first-listed objective is the practical one to “promote excellence in public health and health services research focusing upon CAM use, CAM practice and workforce, CAM-conventional health care integration, economics of CAM, CAM policy and regulation.”

Comment: This nexus may be elevated as the American College of Preventive Medicine engages its work as the National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine. What does “integrative medicine” mean in a prevention and public health context, versus a view of integration one shaped its location in cardiology or oncology?