Summary

The purpose of this project was to gauge the views of policy makers on integrating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into mainstream health care. The Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM) noted that nearly half of Canadians accessed CAM services such as chiropractic, physiotherapy, and homeopathy, typically at their own expense. Through semi-structured interviews, CINIM undertook to identify what policy makers in British Columbia and Alberta identified as the roadblocks to integrating traditional medical services and CAM services, and how they recommended overcoming these barriers. Other substantive research projects were conducted to test the success of CAM systems in treating disorders, all in order to demonstrate the viability of integrating CAM methods into traditional health care delivery.