European children go for CAM



We need a pan-European definition of CAM use and CAM therapies, study concludes

According to a recent European review, CAM seems to be popular also among European children. Over 50% of European adults and children use CAM, the review concluded.
The study includes all European countries with a minimum of 5 million habitants, in which data about CAM use among children were published during the last 10 years. The conclusion of the study shows, that the work of CAMbrella is important, as it reads: “Development of a pan-European definition of CAM use and CAM therapies are required to achieve surveys comparable between European countries. Additionally, more research investigating the efficacy and potential adverse effects of CAM therapies is needed because of increasing CAM use by children in Europe”

Reference: Zuzak TJ, et al. Use of complementary and alternative medicine by children in Europe: Published data and expert perspectives. Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2012), doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2012.01.00