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Book and Media Reviews
June 25, 2008

Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical Decision-Making Approach

JAMA. 2008;299(24):2902-2903. doi:10.1001/jama.299.24.2902

According to data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, “36% of U.S. adults aged 18 years and over use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).”1 This value increases to 62% when prayer is added to the category of CAM.1 Furthermore, this survey revealed varied reasons why adults were using CAM, including “they believed that it would help them when combined with conventional medical treatments”; “thought CAM would be interesting to try”; “because a conventional medical professional suggested they try it”; and “because they felt that conventional medicine was too expensive.”1 In another survey on CAM use and patient perceptions, between 63% to 72% of adults who both saw a physician and concurrently used a CAM protocol reported that they “did not disclose at least one type of CAM therapy to their medical doctor.”2