Complementary medicine: equity issues in evaluation and policy-making
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Complementary medicine
Abstract: 

The increasing use and practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) all over the world raises important ethical issues for health care providers, researchers and policy-makers. This article addresses the equity issues arising in the context of an evaluation of five complementary therapies provided by general practitioners: homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, neural therapy and phytotherapy. The evaluation was commissioned by the Swiss government in order to provide scientific data to make a policy decision about including these disciplines in basic insurance coverage, if provided by physicians. Both the research process and the related health policy raise a number of equity issues that are explored and further discussed on the basis of Daniels' and Sabin's criteria for fair decision-making as defined in their 'accountability for reasonableness' approach. Combining the lessons learnt from the case study with current approaches to fairness in decision-making and priority-setting, propositions are made in order to increase awareness for transparency and fairness in CAM-related evaluations and policy.

Author(s): 
Marian, Florica
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementarmedizin (2006)
Journal Abbreviation: 
Forsch Komplementmed
Publication Date: 
2007-12
Publication Year: 
2007
Pages: 
9-Feb
Volume: 
14 Suppl 2
ISSN: 
1661-4119
DOI: 
10.1159/0000112202
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18219204

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Florica Marian. 2007-12. "Complementary medicine: equity issues in evaluation and policy-making." Forschende Komplementarmedizin (2006) 14 Suppl 2: 9-Feb. 10.1159/0000112202.

Wikipedia Citation

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