Cochrane Complementary Medicine

The Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field was co-founded in 1996 by Dr. Brian Berman and is based at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. It is the Cochrane group dedicated to supporting the evidence base in complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine (CAM).  

To meet the growing demand for information about CAM therapies among researchers, healthcare providers, patients, and the general public, the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field:

  • Prepares Cochrane systematic reviews on CAM therapies;
  • Develops resources to support the conduct of high-quality systematic reviews on CAM therapies; and
  • Makes the evidence from systematic reviews on CAM therapies available and accessible to researchers, clinicians, and consumers.


The Field also maintains a database of researchers, clinicians, and consumers who have expressed an interest in the evidence base for CAM therapies. The database contains names of more than two hundred people from across the world, with CAM interests ranging from Ayurveda to vitamin therapies. 

The Cochrane CAM Field is led by field director Brian M. Berman, MD, and field coordinator L. Susan Wieland, PhD, and its activities are supported by grant number R24 AT001293 from the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health NCCIH.

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