Healthier children through evidence-based integrative health care.

Complementary and Alternative Research and Education (CARE), launched in 2003 at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, is Canada’s first academic pediatric integrative medicine program. Its mission is to generate and disseminate evidence about pediatric complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), to ensure safe and informed use. A clinical assessment program was added in 2006.

The program combines three components—research, education and clinical assessment. Together, they:

  • create a supportive and collaborative environment where conventional health care providers, CAM practitioners, and trainees can investigate and learn about CAM therapies and products from a rigorous evidence-based perspective
  • educate patients, families and health care providers about the safety and efficacy of CAM therapies and products through in-depth patient consultations
  • generate high-quality evidence about CAM therapies and products

The program’s outpatient clinic, multidisciplinary team of providers, and its educational and research resources provide the foundation to achieve these goals. By combining clinical assessment, research and education, CARE promotes rapid knowledge discovery and dissemination.

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