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December 2021

Complementary alternative medicine in health and mental health: Implications for social work practice

Author(s): Becvar, D. S., Pontious, S. L.

Journal/Book: Soc Work Health Care. 2000; 31: 10 Alice St, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580, USA. Haworth Press Inc. 39-57.

Abstract: This article describes the increasing use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) in this country and its implications for social work practice, education, research and policy in the health care field. Descriptive examples of CAM treatment modalities are provided along with their underlying rationale, common uses and available empirical support. It is concluded that patients will be better served by social workers who have knowledge of CAM treatment modalities. Furthermore, the need for further research on the efficacy of many CAM treatments and the certification of CAM treatment providers is discussed.

Note: Article Cook CAL, St Louis Univ, Sch Social Serv, 3550 Lindell Blvd, St Louis,MO 63103 USA

Keyword(s): alternative medicine; health and mental health; social work practice; VITAMIN-E CONSUMPTION; THERAPEUTIC TOUCH; UNITED-STATES; HEART-DISEASE; RISK; CANCER; HYPERTENSION; PAIN

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