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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 3 (2006), Issue 1, Pages 143-144
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nek003
Commentary

CAM for Pediatric Pain: What is State-of-the-Research?

Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 10940 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1450, Los Angeles, California 90024, USA

Copyright © 2006 Jennie C. I. Tsao. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Previously, we reviewed the evidence for the efficacy of CAM approaches for pediatric pain (volume 2; issue 2; 2005) using criteria developed by the American Psychological Association Division 12 Task Force. Our review focused on CAM modalities that had been tested with at least one controlled trial or multiple baseline study. In addition, only those trials in which children comprised the study sample were included. Thus, several CAM modalities were not included in our review. Key ethical and other reasons for the limited literature on CAM for pediatric pain as well as directions for future studies are discussed.