What Doctors Know About CAM
This very interesting study that was designed to evaluate the attitudes of physicians at an academic medical center toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies and the physicians’ knowledge base regarding common CAM therapies.
Of the 233 physicians at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN who responded to a survey, 76% had never referred a patient to a CAM practitioner. However, 44% stated that they would refer a patient if a CAM practitioner were available at their institution. Fifty-seven percent of physicians thought that incorporating CAM therapies would have a positive effect on patient satisfaction, and 48% believed that offering CAM would attract more patients. Most physicians agreed that some CAM therapies hold promise for the treatment of symptoms or diseases, but most of them were not comfortable in counseling their patients about most CAM treatments. Other findings included:
• 61% of the respondents were either unfamiliar or had limited familiarity with homeopathy.