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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2011, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (3): 233-236.doi: 10.3736/jcim20110301

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Developing and promoting public health methods for integrative medicine: Examples from the field in Australia

David Sibbritt1,2(), Jon Adams2,3   

  1. 1. School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales 2308, Australia
    2. Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (www. norphcam. org)
    3. School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Queensland 4006, Australia
  • Received:2010-11-02 Accepted:2010-11-30 Online:2011-03-20 Published:2011-03-15
  • Contact: Sibbritt David

Integrative medicine (IM) research in China has largely focused on clinical and experimental research, which is critical to determining the efficacy of treatments and enhancing the standing of IM. Nevertheless, there is also a need to extend research activities to include methods and research perspectives from public health, which will provide a greater understanding of clinical practice and assist government and professional organizations to shape policies and directives in IM. In this article we outline the public health research methods we have used in relation to our program of research on complementary and alternative medicine use and area of residence/geography, to highlight the usefulness of these methods in IM.

Key words: integrative therapies, public health, methodologies, medical research, Austrilia

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