a community of practitioners
At the Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Research conference 2010, William Meeker, DC, MPH asks the salient question “Why are we trying to do this by ourselves?”
Moderating the panel “Role of Massage Therapy in Public Health”, Meeker described that CAM professions are all pursuing the same goals: generating research and evidence-based practice, lobbying government for policy change and inclusion in health care, negotiating with the insurance industry for better service funding, and raising the standards of education and training in their respective practitioners.
Working alone, each profession is limited by resources and is ultimately slow and ineffective. Meeker suggests CAM professions collaborate on resources, share knowledge and coordinate lobbying and education initiatives. Read my supportive article at http://www.massagetherapycanada.com/content/view/1857/