Issues in complementary and alternative medicine
Issues in complementary and alternative medicine

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Issues in complementary and alternative medicine

3. Extract 3 Ethics in complementary and alternative medicine

3.1 Introduction

This extract considers what it means to practise ethically; why ethics is so central to the health care relationship; and the responsibilities of practitioners, professional bodies, users and those making health care decisions for other people (for example, parents and carers of users who are unable to make their own decisions). This extract also explores the unique ethical issues raised by complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and the extent to which ethical obligations and legal requirements overlap.

Aims of Extract 3

  • To understand the main ethical concepts in delivering health care.

  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of the roles of professional bodies in regulating CAM practitioners.


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