year-old Jessica and her mother come to clinic with questions regarding
her ongoing headaches. From the Internet, they have read that biofeedback,
craniosacral therapy, and the herb butterbur can all be helpful treatments
for headaches, and they would like your guidance in using these therapies.
this sounds familiar to you. If so, you are not alone.
Join the Section
In a 2001 AAP
Periodic Survey of Fellows #49, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(CAM) Therapies in Pediatric Practices, 87% of the respondents stated
they had been asked about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
therapies by a patient or parent. Fewer than 5% felt very knowledgeable
about individual CAM therapies about which their patients asked them.
Most (66%) believed that CAM therapies could enhance recovery or relieve
symptoms, but even more were concerned about possible side effects (75%)
or that CAM use might interfere with mainstream care (74%). Over 80% of
pediatricians desired additional information about CAM; the highest priorities
were information about herbs, dietary supplements, nutritional therapies
In July 2005, the AAP established
the Section on Integrative Medicine
(SOIM) to address this growing field.
The mission of the SOIM is to support the mission of the AAP "to
attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well being for
all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults" by:
- promoting polices
to enhance patient-centered care;
- integrating evidence-based, safe and effective complementary
therapies into high quality pediatric practice;
- educating clinicians and families; advocating for appropriated payment
for safe and effective services; and
- respectfully collaborating with diverse health professionals
dedicated to enhancing the health of infants, children, and adolescents.
How to Join?
At this time, the SOIM is welcoming all Academy Fellows with an interest
and commitment to enhancing pediatric care by integrating appropriate CAM
therapies into comprehensive care for their patients to join this new
All section members receive
the following benefits:
To join the section, please
complete the section
membership application. Interested AAP members also can apply online
via the Member Center by clicking on Member Services.
- Participation in annual
section scientific and business meetings at the AAP National Conference
- Biannual electronic mailings
of the section's newsletter and other education materials
- Access to the Section Webpage
containing special information for members
- Networking opportunities
through participation in electronic mailing lists, section subcommittees,
section meetings and face to face contact at chapter, district, and
- Access to AAP staff who
can help answer questions and provide additional information on Academy
- Opportunities to participate
in educational program and policy development, consultation, and provision
of technical assistance
For further information on the AAP SOCIM or for questions or concerns,
please call 847/434-7920.
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