One in two children subject to CAM treatments

Doctors have been "astounded" to find that almost half of Australian children have received complementary and alternative therapies, such as chiropractic manipulations and acupuncture.

The findings come from a recent survey of more than 800 parents and carers of paediatric patients aged 0-17 presenting to three EDs in Melbourne which found that 49% of the children had received at least one CAM therapy in the previous 12 months.

Senior researcher Professor David Taylor said that