Complementary Medicine: New Approaches to Good Practice

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The wide range of complementary therapies available such as acupuncture, iridology, chiropractry, and reflexology, may be confusing for the consumer. It is often difficult to ascertain whether the therapist is registered with an appropriate body and competent to practice. Patients should be protected against unskilled or unscrupulous practitioners of complementary medicine.

This authoritative report from the BMA provides a comprehensive account of the historical background and ...

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Overview


The wide range of complementary therapies available such as acupuncture, iridology, chiropractry, and reflexology, may be confusing for the consumer. It is often difficult to ascertain whether the therapist is registered with an appropriate body and competent to practice. Patients should be protected against unskilled or unscrupulous practitioners of complementary medicine.

This authoritative report from the BMA provides a comprehensive account of the historical background and current practice of complementary medicine in this country. It also gives an overview of parallel developments across Europe and assesses the likely impact of EC legislation on the practice of complementary therapies. Detailed information has been provided by key bodies representing different therapies in a unique BMA survey of their practice, training, research and organization. The book concludes with a positive model of good practice and a series of helpful recommendations to protect the patient from possible harm and maximize the potential benefits of different treatments.

This book contains no illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192861665
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.69 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Glossary
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Defining non-conventional therapies 5
1.1 What are non-conventional therapies?
1.2 Alternative versus complementary therapies
1.3 Orthodox medicine and non-conventional therapies
Ch. 2 Non-conventional therapies in Europe 9
2.1 Recent trends in Europe
2.2 The debate on harmonization
2.3 Dietary supplements, homoeopathy, and herbal medicines
2.4 Future developments in Europe
2.5 Regulations governing non-conventional therapies
Ch. 3 Setting the scene in the UK 28
3.1 Patterns of consultation and practice
3.2 Use of non-conventional therapies
3.3 Medical interest in non-conventional therapies
Ch. 4 Therapies and the medical profession 37
4.1 Doctors and therapists
4.2 Doctors as therapists
4.3 Use of therapies in the NHS
4.4 Establishing levels of competence
4.5 Understanding non-conventional therapies
4.6 Collaboration and research
Ch. 5 The regulation debate 60
5.1 Regulation - a risk-assessment model
5.2 Discrete clinical disciplines
5.3 Statutory versus voluntary regulation
5.4 Osteopathy - a case study
5.5 Umbrella bodies
5.6 Professions supplementary to medicine
Ch. 6 BMA survey of non-conventional therapies 69
6.1 Survey method
6.2 Results
Ch. 7 Good practice in non-conventional therapies 130
7.1 Discussion of results
Ch. 8 Summary and recommendations 142
8.1 Good practice
8.2 Regulation
8.3 Doctors and therapists
8.4 Doctor-therapist communication
8.5 Research
8.6 Monitoring and surveillance
8.7 Medical understanding of non-conventional therapies
8.8 Medically qualified therapists
App. 1 Contra-indications for osteopathic practice 149
App. 2 List of regional advisers in general practice 151
App. 3 Further reading in research methods 154
App. 4 BMA questionnaire schedule 155
App. 5 Sample competences: organizing and managing the practice (GCRO) 158
Notes 162
Index 169
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