Pediatric Integrative Medicine

Pediatrics. 2017 Sep;140(3):e20171961. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-1961. Epub 2017 Aug 28.


The American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to optimizing the well-being of children and advancing family-centered health care. Related to this mission, the American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the increasing use of complementary and integrative therapies for children and the subsequent need to provide reliable information and high-quality clinical resources to support pediatricians. This Clinical Report serves as an update to the original 2008 statement on complementary medicine. The range of complementary therapies is both extensive and diverse. Therefore, in-depth discussion of each therapy or product is beyond the scope of this report. Instead, our intentions are to define terms; describe epidemiology of use; outline common types of complementary therapies; review medicolegal, ethical, and research implications; review education and training for select providers of complementary therapies; provide educational resources; and suggest communication strategies for discussing complementary therapies with patients and families.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Biomedical Research
  • Child
  • Complementary Therapies / education
  • Complementary Therapies / ethics
  • Complementary Therapies / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Complementary Therapies / statistics & numerical data
  • Dietary Supplements / standards
  • Humans
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Integrative Medicine* / education
  • Integrative Medicine* / ethics
  • Integrative Medicine* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Integrative Medicine* / statistics & numerical data
  • Licensure
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pediatrics* / statistics & numerical data
  • Perception
  • Physician's Role
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • United States