Guidelines on Developing Consumer Information on Proper Use of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(2004; 109 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentForeword
View the documentPreface
View the documentGlossary
Open this folder and view contents1. General Considerations
Open this folder and view contents2. Development of Consumer Information
Close this folder3. General Principles and Activities for Ensuring Reliable TM/CAM Information
View the document3.1 How to develop reliable information
Close this folder3.2 Dissemination of information
View the document3.2.1 TM/CAM information centre
View the document3.2.2 TM/CAM surveillance system
View the document3.2.3 The media
View the document3.2.4 Other information activities
View the document3.2.5 Activities promoting rational use of medicines
View the document3.3 Regulatory mechanisms for information and advertisements
Open this folder and view contents4. Topics to Consider when Developing Consumer Information Promoting Proper Use of TM/CAM
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View the documentReferences
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3.2.1 TM/CAM information centre

A TM/CAM information centre can be a useful way of facilitating the dissemination of reliable information. Such a centre can be separate or part of an independent national research institute, either within an existing health or drug information centre. Public hospitals and primary health care centres can also serve as local TM/CAM information centres, possibly working under the supervision of a national centre. The staff at a TM/CAM information centre should include TM/CAM representatives, preferably designated by national health authorities.

A TM/CAM information centre can provide consumers, the media, health care providers and others with guidance on TM/CAM issues including:

• National regulations and registrations involving TM/CAM;

• Contact details of relevant TM/CAM professional organizations (e.g. a free local directory);

• Lists of TM/CAM therapies covered by national or private health insurance;

• Locally appropriate information regarding the safety, quality and efficacy of different TM/CAM therapies (House of Lords, 2000);

• Systems for reporting benefits as well as suspected adverse events or interactions.

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