By Julie Stone
As becoming numbers of sufferers flip to complementary and replacement drugs (CAM), the point of interest of cognizance has mostly been on even if those remedies paintings and whether or not they are secure. those questions are crucial to extra integration of CAM with orthodox medication. yet within the absence of formal legislation, it really is both serious to contemplate the moral dimensions of the CAM healing encounter.
In this e-book, Julie Stone demonstrates that moral concerns aren't any much less correct to CAM therapists than they're to medical professionals or the other staff of well-being pros. She offers CAM therapists with a close framework of the explicit moral concerns which impact CAM perform to aid practitioners imagine constructively approximately how ethics underpin their healing work.
An moral Framework for Complementary and substitute Therapists encourages serious and reflective perform, indicates useful difficulties to universal difficulties, contains illustrative situations of moral dilemmas confronted by way of therapists and summarises key issues. This well timed booklet bargains a finished advisor to this crucial region. Its difficult conclusions are as correct to skilled practitioners as to scholars and newly certified therapists. This e-book also will curiosity coverage makers our bodies drawn to strengthening and embellishing CAM's capability.
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Health has never been higher on the political agenda. The provision of high quality, affordable, health care is a huge voting issue. The availability of CAM raises fundamental political questions including: • • How far do democratically elected governments have a responsibility to provide health care which is responsive to consumers’ preferences? Should governments seek to prevent people from making ill-informed health choices or should individuals who are paying for CAM therapies themselves be free to negotiate terms as they see fit?
If this is the case, there is an additional imperative to provide resources, and facilitate research, to make these healing systems as safe as possible. Conventional doctors and nurses need to become more familiar with the healing practices their patients are likely to access and to discuss any possible areas of interaction. This applies to the use of indigenous healing systems as much as it does to the use of CAM. Patients’ different expectations of CAM Having explored some of the shared characteristics of CAM, it is instructive to consider patients’ expectations of CAM.
Such behaviour is abhorrent and should be subject to the most stringent legal penalties and professional disciplinary action. But the focus of this book is not extreme and rare cases of abuse, but the more widespread, and possibly even inadvertent, ethical abuses perpetrated by ordinary practitioners. The scope of ethics is considerably wider than many therapists may at first realise. Central to this thesis is the contention that therapists must have a sound basis for recommending that their therapy will be able to offer some benefit to the patient.