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10 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.

Maybe this sounds familiar to you. If so, you are not alone.

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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 and exercise.

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 section.

All section members receive the following benefits:

  • Participation in annual section scientific and business meetings at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition
  • 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 national meetings
  • Access to AAP staff who can help answer questions and provide additional information on Academy activities
  • Opportunities to participate in educational program and policy development, consultation, and provision of technical assistance
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.

For further information on the AAP SOCIM or for questions or concerns, please call 847/434-7920.

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