The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Thoughts on CAM from Czech pharmacy students

    Pharmacy students at Charles University in Prague, The Czech Republic were surveyed for their views of CAM.

    First, the details.

    • The CAM Health Belief Questionnaire was translated from English to Czech and administered to 250 first-year and 187 third-year students.

    And, the results.

    • The students held positive attitudes toward CAM.
    • Vitamins, herbs, massage, and relaxation were the most commonly used therapies among students.
    • There was low use of evidence-based CAM resources.
    • 90% of pharmacy students surveyed would recommend CAM.
    • 89% believed pharmacists should be knowledgeable of CAM.
    • 91% of first-year and 78% of third-year students supported CAM education.

    The bottom line?
    The findings are not unique to pharmacy students in The Czech Republic. A survey of pharmacy students in Australia revealed a positive view of CAM and supported including it in their education. Medical students in the US and Wales and Canada have similar thoughts on CAM.

    Here are the 3 key principles that 15 National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)-funded education programs found useful when developing CAM coursework.

    5/22/08 21:59 JR

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