CAM research for non-scientific readers

The European Information Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (EICCAM) aims to disseminate CAM research results via the internet.

Decision makers and the media in Europe need understandable, objective and high-quality information on the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of CAM. But given that we can search databases and consult CAM experts or journals, why do we need EICCAM?

- 'The style and language required to get a paper accepted by an international journal nowadays does not make it easy to read and understand,' says Dr. Susanne Schunder-TatzberChair of the EICCAM Management Board.

- 'Our objective is to spread information on CAM research, to familiarise stakeholders and the public at large with interesting articles - and to make these more accessible to readers without scientific training.'

- 'Through our fact sheets we provide the stakeholders with correct and easy-to-understand scientific evidence. Our main target groups are people in charge in public and private insurance companies, politicians at different levels, and the public at large. Those groups do not have the time, or the relevant background, to read long and complicated scientific papers.'

EICCAM is not a research organisation, but it is obvious that EICCAM and CAMbrella share common interests.

- 'We see CAMbrella as an important project to develop the whole CAM research community in Europe. Especially the part about the planning of further projects is interesting to us, as this might give us an idea of which articles might be expected in the future,' says Susanne Schunder-Tatzber.

- 'EICCAM's main funding is a grant by the BOSCH Foundation, who made the first fact sheets possible. We would need more funds e.g. to make EICCAM more visible in Brussels, where a lot of decisions on health are taken.'

Text: Jesper Odde Madsen

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