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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 3 (2006), Issue 2, Pages 283-289
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel007
Commentary

Developing CAM Research Capacity for Complementary Medicine

1Complementary Medicine Research Unit, University of Southampton, UK
2Department of Complementary Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada
3Program in Integrative Medicine and the College of Nursing, University of Arizona Tucson, AZ, USA
4Department of Family Medicine, Michigan Integrative Medicine, University of Michigan, MI, USA

Received 17 November 2005; Accepted 13 February 2006

Copyright © 2006 George Lewith et al. 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

This article describes initiatives that have been central to the development of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research capacity in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States over the last decade. While education and service delivery are essential parts of the development of CAM, this article will focus solely on the development of research strategy. The development of CAM research has been championed by both patients and politicians, primarily so that we may better understand the popularity and apparent effectiveness of these therapies and support integration of safe and effective CAM in health care. We hope that the perspective provided by this article will inform future research policy.