Heather McLeod


Body, Mind, Soul,


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Research Organisations: Canada

Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for CAM Research (IN-CAM)


“The Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for CAM Research (IN-CAM) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research network, created to foster excellence in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research in Canada.” IN-CAM was founded in 2004. IN-CAM has two priority research areas:


Effectiveness, Efficacy and Safety Research including n of 1 trials, observational studies, qualitative research, adverse effects monitoring, and randomized controlled trials to study the safety, efficacy and effectiveness of CAM systems, products and therapies. A special emphasis will be placed on the exploration of relevant and rigorous, new and existing methodological approaches in addressing issues of safety and effectiveness. … This research area also involves identifying and incorporating appropriate outcome measures.


CAM Health Care Delivery and Policy Research including contributions to optimal CAM health care delivery and policy by investigating areas such as models of CAM (or integrative) practice; access to CAM; cost-effectiveness of CAM and the relationship of CAM and public health. The position of CAM within the Canadian health care system and CAM policy decisions (e.g., regulation of Natural Health Products and CAM providers, insurance/government policies on reimbursement, intellectual property rights) are also included, as are studies of the evolution and professionalization of CAM practitioner groups.”





Complementary & Alternative Research & Education (CARE) 

Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Canada


 “CARE is an evidence-driven pediatric integrative medicine program that focuses on generating and disseminating evidence about pediatric complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in order to ensure its usage is safe and informed. Traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, and massage therapy are just a few examples of CAM that CARE works with. The program combines research, education and clinical assessment to:

• create a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters learning, at all health care provider levels about CAM therapies, products

• equip patients, families and health care providers with the knowledge required to ensure CAM is safely administered and effective

• generate high-quality evidence and provide support for pediatric CAM use.”





Pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Education (PedCAM) Network


 “Created in 2004, the Pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Education (PedCAM) Network is a Canadian network that aims at disseminating a wide range of CAM information and building collaborative relationships between researchers, educators, clinicians, and policy-makers, both nationally and internationally. PedCAM is an academic, non-commercial organization, housed within the Complementary and Alternative Research and Education program.”


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Health system information from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

HiT Canada 2005 HiT Summary Canada 2005 Health Canada

Federal department Health Canada

Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine