The focus of this article is therefore on ethical aspects in areas of overt variations between CAM and conventional medicine.Because considerable national differences may exist, our article primarily focuses on CAM in the UK. CAM is an umbrella term for numerous diagnostic and therapeutic methods that lie outside orthodox medicine.
This definition of CAM has now been adopted by the Cochrane Collaboration’s “field” in CAM.
It is, however, academic and does not describe the modalities involved.
Table 1 provides a brief description of some of the most important therapeutic methods within CAM.
This page tells you about why we need research into complementary and alternative therapies (CAMs) in cancer care.
It also discusses some of the challenges of this type of research.
Complementary and alternative medicine has become an important section of healthcare.
Its high level of acceptance among the general population represents a challenge to healthcare professionals of all disciplines and raises a host of ethical issues.
This article is an attempt to explore some of the more obvious or practical ethical aspects of complementary and alternative medicine.
In fact, many of the ethical rules applicable to conventional medicine—such as requirements of informed consent, practice boundaries (that is, the duty to practice within one’s scope of competence or else to appropriately refer), and duties involving confidentiality and privacy—translate across to the arena of CAM.