September 15, 2008
Hospitals Offering Massages, Acupuncture
U.S. hospitals are increasingly adding complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, to conventional services, the American Hospital Association said.
A survey by the AHA's Health Forum found 37 percent of responding hospitals offer one or more CAM therapies, up from 26.5 percent in 2005. Eighty-four percent of the hospitals indicated patient demand as the primary reason for offering the alternative therapies -- such as acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, herbal medicine and massage therapy -- while 67 percent said clinical effectiveness was the main reason.
"Complementary and alternative medicine has shown great promise in supporting and stimulating healing," Rich Umbdenstock. AHA president and CEO, said in a statement. "It's one of the many tools hospitals look to as they continue to create optimal healing environments for the patients they serve."