One in Four Hospitals Now Use CAM, Health Forum Survey Shows

More than a quarter of surveyed hospitals are offering complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) programs to the patients they serve, according to a new report released today by Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Survey Shows One in 4 Hospital Respondents Offer Complementary and Alternative Medicine Services

The Health Forum report is based on nearly 1,400 responses to a survey designed to take a close look at the types of CAM programs and services being offered by U.S. hospitals.

While patient demand is the primary reason for offering CAM services, hospitals also cited clinical effectiveness and the fact that CAM services reflect the hospital's desire to treat "the whole person-body, mind and spirit." In addition, offering CAM helps hospitals differentiate themselves, attract new patients and provide additional services to existing patients.

Other survey results include:

Nearly 27 percent of survey respondents offer one or more CAM therapies in the hospital;
The East North Central region of the U.S. (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin) continues to lead the nation in number of hospitals that offer CAM programs; and
The majority of CAM services are paid for out-of-pocket by patients.
The report is available online at http://www.healthforumonlinestore.com, click on Data Products tab at the top right of the screen or by calling 800-242-2626.

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