CAM for library technicians: sources of information

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  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) Any medical system, practice, or product that is not thought of as standard care Complementary medicine A CAM therapy used along with standard medicine Alternative medicine A CAM therapy used in place of standard treatments Integrative medicine An approach that combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM, and for which there is high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness

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  • 1. Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | [email_address] | LIBR2195 Week 12 July 2011 Complementary & alternative medicine (CAM): an introduction to sources of information for Library Technicians
  • 2.
    • In CAM, it is often hard to tell what is meant to be information & what is advertising
    • Prescription drugs interact with herbal remedies & may cause adverse reactions
    • Regulation of CAM products in Canada is strict
    • Quackery a problem, due to Internet
    Complementary medicine information Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 3.
    • Ask yourself: is this information? Or, advertising?
    • Health magazines are there to sell products
        • Weight lifting / body building mags
    • Retail stores promote & sell products
    • Web - dot.com sites, Quackwatch
        • Beware of misleading claims & testimonials
    Complementary medicine information Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 4.
    • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
    • Any medical system, practice, or product that is not thought of as standard care
    • Complementary medicine
    • A CAM therapy used along with standard medicine
    • Alternative medicine
    • A CAM therapy used in place of standard treatments
    • Integrative medicine
    • An approach that combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM, and for which there is high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness
    CAM Definitions Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 5.
    • AltHealthWatch
    • CAM in PubMed
    • CINAHL (EBSCO host )
    • EMBASE
      • Some free @ scirus.com
      • Google scholar
    • CAM websites
    • Print sources
      • Standard tools
      • Public libraries
      • Online
    Sources of information in CAM Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 6.
    • British Columbia Naturopathic Association
    • http://www.bcna.ca/
    • Boucher Institute Of Naturopathic Medicine
    • http://www.binm.org
    • BC Government – Naturopathy Regulations
    • http:// www.healthplanning.gov.bc.ca/leg/notice/naturopathy.html
    • Health Canada – Natural Health Branch
    • http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/index_e.html
    CAM in BC and Canada Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 7.
    • CAMline – http://www.camline.ca
    • PedCAM – http://www.pedcam.ca
    • Red Book Online – directory source of services
    • UBC medical students operate alternative & integrative medical society
        • Free online Wellness Directory of CAM services in BC
    Other forms of CAM information in Canada & US Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 8.
    • 1. Alternative medicine systems
    • 2. Mind body
    • 3. Drugs and supplements
        • Herbals, special diets, nutrition
    • 4. Manual healing-manipulation methods
    • 5. Energy field therapies
          • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Expanding horizons of healthcare. Five- year strategic plan http:// nccam.nih.gov /strategic /
    Five (5) areas of CAM Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 9.
    • Patients treated as individuals
        • CAM aims to find root of problem rather than treat symptoms
        • Traditional medicine has limitations
            • Especially for certain conditions, problems
        • Practitioner patient relationship is close
        • More than 50% of Canadians use some form
            • Women use CAM more than men
    Why is CAM so popular? Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 10.
    • Echinacea
        • Colds, flu
    • Gingko biloba
        • Memory, cerebral blood flow
    • Ephedra
        • Stimulates heart
    • St. John’s Wort
        • Depression
    • Chamomile
        • Relaxant, anti-anxiety
    Most popular herbal supplements Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 11.
    • Acupuncture
    • Biofeedback
    • Exercise programs
    • Hypnosis & hydrotherapies
    • Massage therapy
    • Manipulation or energy (ie. Reiki)
    • Prayer & spiritual activities
    Other popular CAM therapies Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011
  • 12.
    • CAM is a big issue in health
        • a wide range of therapies
    • Herbal/drug reactions - big problem
    • Safety is important first before use
        • ‘ buyer beware’
    • Finding CAM evidence and information important
        • library technicians should know how to find | assess it
    CAM for Library Technicians - Summary Dean Giustini, UBC health librarian & instructor | LIBR2195 July 2011