An Ethical Framework for Complementary and Alternative by Julie Stone

By Julie Stone

As transforming into numbers of sufferers flip to complementary and substitute drugs (CAM), the point of interest of awareness has principally been on even if those cures paintings and whether or not they are secure. those questions are primary to extra integration of CAM with orthodox drugs. yet within the absence of formal law, it really is both serious to contemplate the moral dimensions of the CAM healing encounter.In this e-book, Julie Stone demonstrates that moral matters aren't any much less suitable to CAM therapists than they're to medical professionals or the other workforce of well-being execs. She offers CAM therapists with a close framework of the categorical moral concerns which impact CAM perform to aid practitioners imagine constructively approximately how ethics underpin their healing work.An moral Framework for Complementary and replacement Therapists encourages severe and reflective perform, indicates sensible difficulties to universal difficulties, contains illustrative situations of moral dilemmas confronted via therapists and summarises key issues. This well timed publication deals a complete advisor to this crucial region. Its hard conclusions are as correct to skilled practitioners as to scholars and newly certified therapists. This publication also will curiosity coverage makers our bodies attracted to strengthening and embellishing CAM's capability.

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8 Cohen, M. (1998) Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives. Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD and London. 9 Fulder, S. (1988) ‘The Basic Concepts of Alternative Medicine and Their Impact on Our Views of Health’. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 4(2): 147–158. 10 Kottow, M. (1992) ‘Classical Medicine v Alternative Medical Practices’. Journal of Medical Ethics. 18: 18–22. 11 Fulder, op. cit. 12 Kottow, op. cit. 13 Micozzi, M.

Much enthusiasm for CAM has been generated through the successful deployment of various marketing strategies, portraying complementary and alternative therapists as ‘patient-centred’. The media generally portray CAM as safe, implying that ‘nature’s remedies’ means ‘gentle’ and ‘free from harmful side effects’. Product manufacturers are also keen to make this link. The term ‘alternative approach’ is usually conflated with a ‘holistic approach’. Whilst there may be some truth in these labels, being ‘green’ or ‘patient-centred’ is of little value if the therapy is not efficacious.

24 Vickers, A. and Zollman, C. (1999) ‘ABC of Complementary Medicine. Complementary Medicine and the Patient’. British Medical Journal. 319:1486–1489. 25 House of Lords. Sixth Report of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (2000) Complementary and Alternative Medicine. London: The Stationery Office. W. J. (eds) (1999) Complementary/Alternative Medicine. An Evidence-Based Approach. Mosby: St Louis, MO. 27 British Medical Association (1993) Complementary Medicine: New Approaches to Good Practice.

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