Talking to Your Doctor About Complementary and Alternative Medicine
David Eisenberg, MD, of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School at Harvard University, is leading the effort to foster better relations between medical doctors and their patients who may be considering or are already using some form of alternative therapy. He has developed the following guidelines to help patients and physicians communicate about alternative medicine and discuss how or whether to integrate alternative and conventional therapies.
Reprinted with permission, Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter. Telephone: 800-274-7581.
Additional resources recommended by Oxford's CAM Program:
- The Rosenthal Center for Complementary Alternative Medicine is devoted specifically to research, education and training in complementary and alternative medicine and fosters the development of a more comprehensive and inclusive medical system. Visit http://www.rosenthal.hs.columbia.edu/ to learn more.
- Alternative Health News OnlineTM provides access to health news sites that report primarily on wellness and natural approaches to staying healthy. Look for daily and weekly updates at http://www.altmedicine.com/