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Herman-Eisenberg Systematic Review of Cost-Effectiveness in CIM 2001-2010: Where Are We? PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Herman-Eisenberg Systematic Review of Cost-Effectiveness in CIM 2001-2010: Where Are We?

Note: This full column and the systematic review itself can be accessed here at The Huffington Post: Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies.
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Lead author Patricia Herman, MS, ND, PhD
Even when research finds that complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) or approaches are effective, these still may be shunned by health care's major stakeholders. Employers, private insurers and government agencies like Medicare that pay for services often block inclusion due to concerns about costs.

The findings of an exhaustive, systematic review of cost studies on complementary and integrative medicine from 2001-2010, published in the British Medical Journal Open, begins to provide definitive guidance. The report, led by Patricia Herman, M.S., N.D., Ph.D., will not immediately please every integrative health advocate. Nor will it serve as marching orders for every health care benefits decision maker.

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David Eisenberg, MD: early collaborator
Yet, according to Herman, the research sets a new baseline in our societal grappling with CIM's prospective cost value to health care systems. The headline conclusion was that the "the higher-quality studies indicate potential cost-effectiveness, and even cost savings across a number of CIM therapies and populations."


Access the full column, which began as a collaboration between Herman and Harvard's David Eisenberg, MD, in 2008, and the direct link to the Herman-Eisenberg article at the Huffington Post by clicking this title:
Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies.
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