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Policy Perspectives
November 11, 1998

Complementary Medicine and the Cochrane Collaboration

Author Affiliations

From the Complementary Medicine Program, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore (Drs Ezzo and Berman); Research Council for Complementary Medicine, London, England (Mr Vickers); and Center for Complementary Medicine Research, Technical University, Munich, Germany (Dr Linde).

JAMA. 1998;280(18):1628-1630. doi:10.1001/jama.280.18.1628

EVERY YEAR, millions of US consumers spend billions of dollars on alternative and complementary medical treatments.1 A similar trend exists in the United Kingdom and Australia.24 As people increasingly use these treatments, questions arise from consumers, clinicians, payers, and policymakers as to the effectiveness of these interventions.

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