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Survey Reveals Parents Are Eager to Learn about Alternative Medicine Options but Information is Lacking
Date:10/16/2009

and most importantly, improve a child's quality of life. This is true for all kinds of conditions including acute illnesses like cancer or chronic problems like migraines or behavioral issues."

Children's is among the country's leaders in the integrative medicine field with the largest, longest-running pediatric, clinical integrative medicine program in North America. The program offers a holistic approach to care, and helps children and their families manage the everyday struggles of illnesses in a more comprehensive way. Currently more than half of patients at Children's use some sort of outpatient complementary or alternative medicine to help manage their conditions.

Almost 90 percent of parents surveyed indicated they would like to find out more information about integrative medicine whether it be from their physician, going to a hospital that offers an integrative medicine program, or seeking out more information on their own. Other interesting findings include:

  • Sixty-eight percent of parents agreed integrative medicine was an effective treatment approach.
  • More than three-fourths of parents agree combining conventional and complementary/alternative approaches to medicine is innovative and that hospitals should offer medical experts on both conventional and complementary/alternative therapies.
  • Almost two-thirds of parents who have children with serious health issues had never considered an integrative approach because they are unfamiliar with the subject.

The survey of 1,003 parents included 203 parents with kids who have serious, chronic or acute health problems. This subset of parents had somewhat more knowledge of integrative medicine (42 percent), but even these parents are not hearing about the benefits an integrative approach can bring their child. Of the parents that have used integrative medicine as part of their child's treatment, <
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SOURCE Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
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