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Comprehensive New Data on Costs of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

News Advisory


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For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What: The release of data from a nationwide government survey on the costs of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a telephone briefing to discuss the findings of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

Why: Millions of adults and children in the United States use one or more types of CAM for their health and wellness, yet data on the costs associated with CAM use have been sparse. The 2007 NHIS provides estimates of the overall out-of-pocket cost of CAM, the frequency and out-of-pocket cost of visits to CAM practitioners, and frequency and out-of-pocket costs of purchases for self-care therapies.

When: July 30, 2009 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT. Playback is available between 4:00 P.M. ET Thursday, July 30 through Friday, August 7, 2009. Playback: Number—(888)203-1112; Passcode—9198554

Where: Telebriefing and online presentation. By responding to this invitation media will receive dial-in information to the telebriefing and obtain access to an online presentation of the data.

Who Should Attend: Credentialed media only, please.

Hosts: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., Director, NCCAM; Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Acting Director, Division of Extramural Research, NCCAM and lead author of the NHIS cost data report; Patricia M. Barnes, M.A., Statistician, NCHS; and Barbara J. Stussman, B.A., Survey Statistician, NCHS.


  • Nahin, RL, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, and Bloom B. Costs of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Frequency of Visits to CAM Practitioners: United States, 2007. National health statistics reports; no 18. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2009 (in press).

About the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): NCCIH’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCIH’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is a component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NCHS’s mission is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. The CDC protects people’s health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national, and international organizations.

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