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Physician attitudes about CAM

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"More than 50% of physicians did not have a positive attitude about CAM when discussing these modalities with patients and were not comfortable during these discussions," researchers report in May 27 Archives of Internal Medicine. Citing survey of physicians in Denver, Colo., Lisa Corbin Winslow, MD, University of Colorado Hospital, et al., found physicians who used CAM themselves were seven times more likely to recommend it to patients. Researchers suggest physician education on CAM is a "significant unmet need among Denver physicians" and may "help alleviate the discomfort physicians have" when discussing CAM with patients. Winslow et al. analyzed 276 survey responses; questionnaires asked specifically about 16 CAM modalities including herbal therapy, megavitamin therapy and homeopathy...
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