This is the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary book to focus on the ethical challenges of complementary and alternative medicine. At the same time it examines the ethical considerations and challenges that increasingly face patients, physicians and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners today.
Most people do not tell their physicians about their CAM use - what implications does this have for traditional patient-physician relationships? This volume examines what should be the center of the dialogue between conventional medicine and CAM. With big issues and big money at stake, how are patients, physicians, the health care system and policymakers handling the explosion in CAM interest and use? What are the physicians' ethical obligations in this area? These topics and more are examined in this timely book.
Chapters 1 and 2 provide a context for thinking about CAM and introduce its history and definitions. Chapters 3 to 6 examine the ethical responsibilities of physicians, as well as communications issues, patient education, legal concerns, and risk management. Chapter 7 presents a framework for examining CAM using the scientific method.
Written for: Physicians, bioethicists, lawyers, medical students
Table of contents
Chapter 1: A Context for Thinking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine
and Ethics - Lois Snyder
Chapter 2: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: History, Definitions, and What Is It Today? - Richard J. Carroll
Chapter 3: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Physician’s Ethical Obligations - Wayne Vaught
Chapter 4: Advising Patients About Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Arti Prasad and Mariebeth B. Velásquez
Chapter 5: Patient and Medical Education on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Sorting It Out - Catherine Leffler
Chapter 6: Legal and Risk Management Issues in Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Michael H. Cohen
Chapter 7: Whose Evidence, Which Methods? Ethical Challenges in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research - Jon Tilburt