More Hospitals Offering Complementary and Alternative Treatments

by: cancercompass

According to a recent article in USA Today, more U.S. hospitals are offering their patients access to complementary and alternative care treatments.

Complementary and alternative therapies, such as naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, pain management techniques and other therapies, can help treat patients battling a wide range of disease, including cancer.

According to a survey by the American Hospital Association, 37% of U.S. hospitals provide patient access to complementary and alternative therapies. That percentage has increased from 25% just three years ago.

Data from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine puts spending on alternative therapies at $19 billion a year.

According to the USA Today article, patient satisfaction and clinical data are the two most important factors that the majority of hospitals use to determine if a complementary treatment is effective.

Learn more about complementary and alternative care treatments by visiting the Your Guide to Cancer Care section of our website.