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Vulnerable Populations 

Vulnerable Populations
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Vulnerable Populations
Author(s):

Edzard Ernst

, Max H Pittler

, Barbara Wider

, and Kate Boddy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199206773.003.0006
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date: 25 February 2020

CAM for children 406

CAM for the elderly 408

CAM during pregnancy and lactation 410

The prevalence of CAM usage by children is generally similar to that of adults. Asthma, autism, cancer, and eczema are amongst the paediatric conditions most frequently treated with CAM. Herbal medicine, homeopathy, and dietary supplements are the CAM modalities most often used to treat children; massage is commonly used in newborn infants. There is no large, nationally representative survey available for the UK. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that 20–40% of healthy children and more than 50% of children with chronic, recurrent, and incurable conditions use CAM. Surveys from Canada and Turkey report CAM use among 49% of paediatric oncology patients and a US survey found that 74% of children with autism used CAM. Survey data also suggest that, if the parents use CAM, their children are likely to also receive it....

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