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Diversity in Collection Development: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Resources or CAM – the New Frontier. Susan Murray firstname.lastname@example.org Consumer Health Information Service Toronto Reference Library MLA, May 17, 2005. CAM - Definitions.
Consumer Health Information Service
Toronto Reference Library
MLA, May 17, 2005
Ihave an earache…
2000 B.C. Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D. That root is heathen, Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D. That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1940 A.D. That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1985 A.D. That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
Cited: The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Information Source Book.ed. by Alan Rees. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 2001
- Most often used to treat back pain or back problems, joint pain or stiffness, and anxiety or depression
What is it?
How does it work?
Is it safe?
Does it work? For my condition?
Where can I locate practitioners/clinics, etc.?
How much does it cost?
Health Care Professionals:
Is there evidence to support it?
Alternative and Complementary Medicine Resource Guide. http:www.amfoundation.org/geninfo.htm
Glossary of qualification abbreviations.
“ In selecting materials, librarians should not be swayed by whether the treatments have been proven effective, but should collect works on both alternative and orthodox medicine so that consumers are given sufficient information to make choices.”
Kupferberg, N. Alternative medicine goes mainstream.
Library Journal, July 1994:51-55.
UBC study investigated the personal and professional opinions of librarians, medical students and doctors regarding the availability of CAM for both medical students and the general public
Curry, A, Smith, ST. Information on alternative medicine: a collection management issue. Bull Med Libr Assoc 1998;86(1):95-100.
e.g. CHIS healthnavigators
- BMJ, Lancet, NEJM, JAMA
- alternative and complementary therapies column that focuses on an Internet site, a specific diagnosis, or a therapeutic modality: (vol.9(1) 2005 featured Tai Chi
- continued by Doody Enterprises http://www.doody.com/dct/
Rosenthal Centerfor Complementary and Alternative Medicine - directory of CAM databases
- MLA 2005 CE course taught by Stephanie Weldon
- MLA accredited online course taught by Diane Kovacs