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).
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.2- 4
As people increasingly use these treatments, questions arise from consumers,
clinicians, payers, and policymakers as to the effectiveness of these interventions.
Ezzo J, Berman BM, Vickers AJ, Linde K. Complementary Medicine and the Cochrane Collaboration. JAMA. 1998;280(18):1628–1630. doi:10.1001/jama.280.18.1628