PowerPoint presented at the Medical Library Assn. (MLA) 2012 meeting outlining funding challenges and emerging approaches for CAM research.
Purpose of this guide
This guide provides resources that point to new directions in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research. The field has advanced significantly since the founding of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the NIH in 1992. Over the years, researchers have identified the strengths and weaknesses of existing methodologies, and are now exploring new initiatives to advance CAM's clinical evidence base. Holism, represented by and within each individual as well as in the "ecological landscapes" they inhabit, is one of CAM's most salient features; reflecting this, research approaches are also becoming more holistic. For example, including both qualitative and quantitative research, and not just RCTs, but observational studies as well, provides a multi-perspective view of a topic; also, the emerging whole system, or whole practice, research approach recognizes CAM's most basic tenents, i.e. highly individualized and multi-modal (therefore, synergistic) treatment protocols.