Interview with NCCAM Director, Dr. Briggs
Dr. Josephine P. Briggs speaks about the results of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey.
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INTRO: A new survey by the federal government finds that American adults spent $33.9 billion out of pocket on complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, which includes health products and practices that aren't generally considered part of conventional medicine. Dr. Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, says CAM's widespread use and costs underscore the need for rigorous research.
BRIGGS: Americans' spending on complementary and alternative medicine is substantial. $33.9 billion dollars represents about 11% of total out of pocket costs and about 1.5% of total health care costs. With 4 out of 10 American adults using products or visiting complementary or alternative practitioners, it's critical to know whether these products and practices are safe and effective, so patients and health care providers can make informed decisions.
CLOSE: The findings are part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2007 National Health Interview Survey. For more information, visit www.nccam.nih.gov.