The mission of  University of Alberta’s Stollery Children’s Hospital is to generate and disseminate evidence about pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) to ensure safe and informed use. The CARE program aims to fulfill its mission and goals through three arms of activities: education, research, and clinical consultation.

U of AlbertaOur mission is to generate and disseminate evidence about pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) to ensure safe and informed use.

The CARE program aims to fulfill its mission and goals through three arms of activities: education, research, and clinical consultation.

The Education Program is critical to knowledge dissemination. CARE is developing curriculum for University of Alberta health sciences students and participating in a national initiative to offer evidence-based CAM curriculum in medical schools. In 2004, CARE launched the first pediatric integrative medicine fellowship in Canada. With the launch of its clinical program, CARE will allow conventional and complementary trainees to learn about:

  • Integration (mutual respect for different disciplines);
  • How to find credible information about CAM;
  • How to communicate this information to patients and families; and
  • CAM research opportunities.

CARE is also developing opportunities for continuing education to CAM researchers and health care professionals (e.g. rounds, workshops, conferences) as well as educational sessions for the public (e.g. seminars, public lectures).

The Research Program is primarily interested in issues related to safety and efficacy of pediatric CAM. Its goal is to review what is known, and build evidence for what is not. Apart from randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses (i.e. statistical combination of a series of clinical trials), CARE is committed to developing innovative ways to study CAM, such as N of 1 evaluation to learn if a given product is effective in a given patient. To develop a better understanding of what CAM therapies are being used by Canadian children, CARE is involved a series of utilization studies across Canada. The research program will also support outcomes research in the clinical program, including those related to quality of life, economic evaluation, and reasons for patient use. CARE is prepared to investigate drug-natural health product interactions, dose finding, and to promote more effective methods of reporting adverse events. Through its graduate training, CARE is committed to increasing research capacity in pediatric CAM.

The Clinical Assessment Program is a consult service launched in 2006, with the following goals:

  • To provide patients, families, and health care providers with objective, up-to-date, accurate information about CAM therapies and products in order to facilitate evidence-based, informed decision-making about CAM options;
  • To facilitate dialogue and collaboration between patients, conventional health care providers and CAM practitioners; and
  • To promote patient-based outcomes research about CAM therapies and products.

 

Address & Contact
Complementary and Alternative Research and Education Program (CARE)
Department of Pediatrics
University of Alberta
4051 Research Transition Facility
8308-114 Street
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T6G 2E1
Tel: 780.407.2106
Fax: 780.407.2105
Web: CARE@med.ualberta.ca