Summary

This grant supported the 6th Annual Research Symposium in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). According to a 2003 Statistics Canada survey, 12.4% of Canadians accessed alternative medicine in the previous twelve month span, and in 1997 spent an estimated $3.8 billion out-of-pocket on alternative medicine. Because complementary and alternative medicine plays a substantial role in supplementing Canada’s universal health care system, the Interdisciplinary Network of Complementary and Alternative Medicine has established the annual symposia in order to share research on safety, best practice, efficacy, effectiveness, and policy specific concerns. They recognize the importance of keeping policy makers informed about the most current findings in the field of complementary and alternative medicine.