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New Government Survey Provides Most Comprehensive Look Ever on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States


For Immediate Release:

Friday, May 21, 2004

Contact

Kit Gray, 202-745-5110
Amy Lange, 202-745-5116
Credentialed media only, please.

NCCAM and NCHS To Hold Telephone Briefing To Release Findings

What:

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a telephone briefing to discuss the findings of a new nationwide survey that reveals the extensive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the United States. The survey also provides data on who is using CAM, the most commonly used CAM therapies, and why people are turning to CAM, among many other related topics.

Who:

  • Stephen E. Straus, M.D., Director, NCCAM
  • Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor for Scientific Coordination and Outreach, NCCAM
  • Patricia M. Barnes, M.A., Statistician, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

When:

Thursday, May 27, 2004

10:00 a.m. EST

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCAM’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at nccam.nih.gov. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is a component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NCHS’s mission is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. The CDC protects people’s health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national, and international organizations.