A Survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Knowledge among Health Educators in the United States.

Ping Johnson, Kennesaw State University
Jennifer Lewis Priestley, Kennesaw State University
Roy D. Johnson, University of Pretoria


The article focuses on the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), popular among U.S. health care consumers, but remains ill-defined among health educators. An online survey was conducted among 1,299 health educators to test their cognition on CAM concepts and therapies. With the response rate of 39 percent, the study finds that the respondents are familiar with CAM and its safety and effectiveness, knowledgeable about chiropractic and massage therapy, and understand the benefits of acupuncture in treating different health conditions. However, it is mentioned that the participants' knowledge about the said medicine is unclear and that health educators are more familiar with the concepts of commonly used CAM therapies than the less practiced medical aids.