Librarians Guide to CAM by sammyc2007

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									Searching for CAM Resources: A Librarian’s Guide
Mary Congleton, MLS Southern Kentucky AHEC UK Medical Center Library & Winn Theirl, MSLS University of KY Chandler Medical Center Library

Searching for CAM Resources
Educational Objectives
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Identify what is meant by the term CAM
Identify resources and databases which provide CAM information

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Identify ways to evaluate web-based information for quality of content

What is CAM?
“Complementary and alternative medicine, as defined by NCCAM, is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.”
~National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Who’s Using CAM?

More than you might think…

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad343.pdf

What’s the Difference Between “Complementary” & “Alternative” Medicine?
~ National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine. An example of a complementary therapy is using aromatherapy to help lessen a patient's discomfort following surgery.

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Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. An example of an alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a conventional doctor.

When Searching for Resources
You can search using “Complementary Medicine” AND ---- OR ---- NOT “Alternative Medicine” Or you can use the term that is frequently used: CAM

Things to Consider When Searching for CAM Resources
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Points to remember:

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Some basic questions:

~ Not all information on the web is true and accurate ~ You can find good information on bad web sites and bad information on good sites ~ Trust you instincts!

1. What is the purpose? 2. Who created the site? 3. What is the scope? 4. How timely is the information? 5. How is the site structured?

Some Sites to Consider…
http://www.malepregnancy.com

http://www.ithaca.edu/library/research/AIDSFACT S.htm

http://www.mythologic.net/end

Where Can I Locate Resources?

Let’s Find Out…

Meta Sites…

One Source – Many Resources

The Alternative Medicine Homepage http://www.pitt.edu/~cbw/altm.html

Consider A Site’s Authorship

Example of Content Found at this Site

Additional Examples, Including International Links

Government Resources

Your Tax $$ At Work!

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://nccam.nih.gov

NCCAM Facts At A Glance
Mission: The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science training complementary and alternative medicine researchers disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals Director: Stephen E. Straus, M.D. Date Established: October 1998 NCCAM was established, by Congressional mandate. The Center's predecessor, the Office of Alternative Medicine, was established in 1992.
Budget, $117,752,000 Amount Congress appropriated for NCCAM's use in FY 2004.

NCCAM Web Site Contents: Health Information
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Understanding Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)? -- En Español Making Decisions About Using CAM -- En Español Selecting a CAM Practitioner Consumer Financial Issues in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Herbal Supplements: Consider Safety, Too What's in the Bottle? An Introduction to Dietary Supplements -- En Español Alerts and Advisoriesinformation on drug interactions, harmful side effects, and public health advisories FDA Warning on Androstenedione (Andro) (March 2004) Ephedra Consumer Advisory (April 2004) Echinacea Not Effective in Treating Children's Colds: New Study Results (December 2003)

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NCCAM Web Site Contents, Continued
Treatment Information is available: By Treatment or Therapy acupuncture, homeopathy, and more By Disease or Condition cancer, depression, pain, and more About Dietary Supplements kava, ephedra, black cohosh, and more

NCCAM Web Site: Additional Resources
More Resources are available: Ask questions, order publications, and more information from the NCCAM Clearinghouse 10 Things To Know About Evaluating Medical Resources on the Web CAM on PubMed journal citations Combined Health Information Database (CHID) health education and information resources Medical Dictionary (MEDLINEplus) Links to Other Organizations

Databases

Specialized Resources

NLM’s MEDLINE DatabasePUBMED (PubMed.gov)

PubMed.Gov
PubMed  Provides free access to MEDLINE, NLM's database of more than 11 million bibliographic citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences.  Includes access to additional selected life sciences journals not in MEDLINE.  Links to the full-text of articles at participating publishers' web sites.  Links to the molecular biology databases maintained by NCBI.  New citations are usually added to PubMed Tuesday through Saturday.

Databases
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CAM on PubMed Search CAM on PubMed Your literature search will be automatically limited to the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) subset of PubMed. Your searches are free. About CAM on PubMed NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have partnered to create CAM on PubMed, a subset of NLM's PubMed. PubMed provides access to citations from the MEDLINE database and additional life science journals. It also includes links to many full-text articles at journal Web sites and other related Web resources.

Sample Search on PubMed

Specialized CAM Databases

HerbalGram

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American Botanical Council HerbClip (Journal Reviews) HerbMedPro

www.herbalgram.org

International Bibliography on Dietary Supplements
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Office of Dietary Supplements (1994) Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act “to collect and compile the results of scientific research relating to dietary supplements” Bibliographic Database IBIDS Consumer Database

http://ods.od.nih.gov/databases/ibids.html

Acubriefs
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Bibliographic database on acupuncture Sponsored by the Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation Acupuncture Manual Newsletter Personal Librarian Service/Translation Service

www.acubriefs.com

Academic/Institution CAM Sites

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Center Complementary/Integrative Medicine

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Reviews of Therapies Drug Interaction Info Recommended Reading List of Books/Journals In the News

www.mdanderson.org/departments/CIMER

The Continuum Center for Health and Healing

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Information on all aspects of CAM therapies Beth Israel Medical Center Unique comprehensive approach

www.healthandhealingny.org

The Longwood Herbal Task Force

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Herbal medicine overviews Interactions & toxicities

www.mcp.edu/herbal

Commercial CAM Sites

DrWeil.com

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Ask Dr. Weil Customized health assessment Balanced Living Vitamin Advisor

www.drweil.com

Internet Health Library

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Index of homeopathic remedies Diet & nutrition A-Z directory of CAM therapies British site

www.internethealthlibrary.com

Alternative Health News Online

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Diet & nutrition Free email newsletter Mind/body control Links to sites on alternative medical systems Links to manual healing sites

www.altmedicine.com

CAM Related Organizations

Alternative Medicine Foundation

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Nonprofit organization HerbMed database TibetMed database Resource Guides

www.amfoundation.org

Center for Mind-Body Medicine

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Mind-Body Exercises CancerGuides Mind-Body Skill Groups “Healing the Wounds of War” Links to online resources

www.cmbm.org

American Holistic Medical Association

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Geared for physicians and allied health practitioners Founded in 1978 Frequently asked questions Events calendar

www.holisticmedicine.org

CAM Reference Sites

Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field Registry of Randomized Controlled Trials

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Lays groundwork for conducting systematic reviews Over 6500 trials Citation records are from a variety of databases

www.compmed.umm.edu/Cochrane/Registry.html

Abbreviations
www.amfoundation.org/geninfo.htm#Common%20Abbreviations

Expanded Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare, Alternative Medicine, Paranormal Healing and Related Methods
www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/dictionary/md00.html

www.SkepDic.com

Thank you


								
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