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