Complementary and Alternative Therapies

  • Erin L. Arnold
  • William J. Arnold


More and more people are employing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat their illnesses. A survey of English-speaking patients found that 42.1% used at least 1 of 16 specific CAM therapies during a 12-month period (1). In this study population, visits to CAM practitioners exceeded total visits to primary care physicians, and more than 50% of the patients had a musculoskeletal disease (arthritis, back, or neck pain). Total out-of-pocket expenditures for CAM treatments were estimated to be $27 billion, similar to out-of-pocket expenditures for all US physician services. The study found that patients were most likely to use CAM therapies in conjunction with, rather than in place of, conventional therapies


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erin L. Arnold
    • 1
  • William J. Arnold
    • 1
  1. 1.Partner/Rheumatologist, Illinois Bone and Joint InstituteThe Center for Arthritis and OsteoporosisMorton GroveUSA

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