“The wall between CAM and conventional medicine is more political than scientific. The separation is arbitrary, and CAM research is of equal quality and rigor to that of other medical fields,” EU Scientific Officer Dr Jan Paehler said.
400 researchers from 35 countries shared experience, thoughts and the midnight sun during the 5th International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research in Tromsø, Norway. The Scientific Steering Committee of CAMbrella held its first meeting at the conference.
IVAA – a CAM stakeholder:
Anthroposophic medicinal products are prescribed by more than 30,000 physicians in 21 of the 27 EU member states as well as in Norway and Switzerland. The International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA) is an umbrella organization which represents and coordinates 31 national anthroposophic doctors’ associations.
Terminology and definition of CAM methods – CAMbrella Work Package 1
This CAMbrella work package is focusing on the development of a Europe-wide acceptable and pragmatic definition of CAM, and it will terminate its work in the summer of 2011.
Bringing researchers together
The European Chapter of ISCMR (International Society for Complementary Medicine Research) and CAMbrella are inspired by the same idea: to provide a meeting point for European CAM researchers. It all started when a group of dedicated researchers got together in the very middle of Europe – in Vienna, in 2004.
CAM in Sweden
Only a few CAM practitioners are medical doctors, and the most used CAM treatment is massage. The country has a policy–practice paradox: health personnel are recommending CAM methods without an evidence base although this is not allowed according to national health legislation.