CARE Program for Integrative Health & Healing
Healthier children through evidence-based integrative health care
Launched in 2003, Complementary and Alternative Research and Education (CARE) is Canada’s first academic pediatric integrative medicine program. Its mission is to generate and disseminate evidence about pediatric complementary therapies to ensure safe and informed use. A clinical assessment program was added in 2006.
CARE combines three components - research, education and clinical assessment. Together, they:
- create a supportive and collaborative environment where conventional health care providers, complementary therapy practitioners, and trainees can investigate and learn about integrative medicine (IM) therapies and products from a rigorous evidence-based perspective
- educate patients, families and health care providers about the safety and efficacy of complementary therapies and products through in-depth patient consultations
- generate high-quality evidence about complementary therapies and products
The program’s multidisciplinary team of providers, and its educational and research resources provide the foundation to achieve these goals. By combining clinical assessment, research and education, CARE promotes rapid knowledge discovery and dissemination.