Many pediatricians know their patients use complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) to improve their health, yet most do not feel comfortable discussing or recommending these therapies, according to a study published in the November issue of Ambulatory Pediatrics.
The study was conducted by Kathi J. Kemper, M.D., a pediatrician at Brenner Childrens Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Pediatricians surveyed cited lack of knowledge about CAM therapies, concerns about side effects or delays in seeking necessary medical care as the primary reasons they were resistant to recommending these therapies as treatment options, according to Kemper and her colleagues. "Fewer than 5 percent said they were knowledgeable about CAM therapies and the majority were only somewhat familiar with widely used therapies such as dietary supplements, chiropractic or massage therapies," Kemper said.
Nearly all the pediatricians surveyed ask more than 75 percent of their patients about the use of prescription and nonprescription medications during routine office visits, but substantially fewer reported regularly inquiring about herbs (20 percent), special diets (17 percent) or dietary supplements (17 percent). Fewer than 5 percent asked about care from chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists or other mind-body therapists. "We found that pediatricians were far more likely to recommend medications than any CAM therapy and many wanted additional information regarding herbal and dietary supplements, nutritional therapies and therapeutic exercise to feel more comfortable about the therapies before recommending them to their patients," she said. Yet, many patients were seeking information about CAM therapies during routine visits, Kemper said.
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