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Survey of paediatric complementary and alternative medicine use in health and chronic illness
  1. L J McCann1,
  2. S J Newell2
  1. 1Institute of Child Health, UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr L McCann
    Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, Alder Hey Hospital, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP, UK; lizamccann{at}


Groups of 25 children with cerebral palsy (CP), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and cancer were compared to 25 healthy children to establish use of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). Children with chronic disease were greater than three times more likely to use CAM, usually without paediatricians’ knowledge.

  • CAM, complementary or alternative medicine
  • IBD, inflammatory bowel disease
  • CP, cerebral palsy
  • complementary
  • alternative
  • non-prescription

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  • Competing interests: none declared