Complementary and alternative care educational campaign launched

June 13, 2008

NCCAM has launched Time to Talk educational campaign about complementary and alternative care medicine.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched "Time to Talk," an educational campaign to encourage patients, particularly those age 50 or older, and their healthcare providers to openly discuss the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM is a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine, such as herbal supplements, meditation, naturopathy, and acupuncture. The Time to Talk campaign encourages patients to tell their providers about CAM use and providers to ask about it by offering tools and resources, such as wallet cards, posters, and tip sheets, all of which are free by visiting the site or by calling 1-(888)-644-6226.

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