Wednesday, September 14, 2005

continuing medical education conference

Alternative medicine is often described as any medical practice or
intervention that:
lacks sufficient documentation of its safety and effectiveness against
specific diseases and conditions
is not generally taught in U.S. medical schools
is not generally reimbursable by health insurance providers.
According to a study in the Jan. 28, 1993, New England Journal of
Medicine, 1 in 3 patients used alternative therapy in 1990. More than
80 percent of those who use alternative therapies used conventional
medicine at the same time, but did not tell their doctors about the
alternative treatments. The study's authors concluded this lack of
communication between doctors and patients "is not in the best
interest of the patients, since the use of unconventional therapy,
especially if it is totally unsupervised, may be harmful." The study
concluded that medical doctors should ask their patients about any
use of unconventional treatment as part of a medical history.

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