News Brief

Hospital CAM services are on the rise

The proportion of hospitals offering complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services increased by 0.8 percentage points in 2002, according to the 2003-2004 edition of the AHA Guide. About 16.5% of the 4,756 hospitals that answered the services questionnaire in the 2002 AHA Annual Survey of Hospitals said they provide CAM, up from 15.7% of 4,773 respondents in 2001.

Large hospitals reported the largest rise in CAM services, up 6.7% for hospitals with 300 to 399 beds and 10% for those with 400 to 499 beds. Hospitals with 25 to 49 beds were the only size category to see a decrease in CAM services, down 0.3%.