Alternative medical diagnoses and treatments are not included in the science-based treatments taught in medical schools , and are not used in medical practice where treatments are based on scientific knowledge. The survey tool developed by Benn and her colleagues 10 at the University of Michigan Medical School has been speci?cally designed to measure medical students practice attitudes towards incorporation of complementary, alternative, and allopathic medicine.
Since integrative medicine practitioners are often involved in exploring with patients choices among a variety of options that are not well studied, it is incumbent on these clinicians to be well versed in the critical thinking skills required to make decisions with an incomplete database.
Although many Doctors let go of what they considered to be outdated treatments such as homeopathy, herbalism and traditional Chinese Medicine many patients still sort them out, especially when conventional medicine didn’t appear to be working for them.
NCCAM recommends asking a health care provider for a referral, gathering information about the practitioner you are considering (such as training and licensing), and meeting with the practitioner to ask about the risks and benefits of treatment — the same kinds of things you’d do if you were interviewing a new doctor.
Dr. Robert Bonakdar, director of pain management at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California, said that over the past few years he has seen two to three times more referrals” in which the patient or provider is asking for integrative therapies.