How Should We Respond to Non-Dominant Healing Practices, the Example of Homeopathy
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

The debate around the ethics of homeopathy in recent issues of the journal has been approached as a binary question; is homeopathy ethical or not? This paper suggests that this is an unhelpful question and instead discusses a framework to establish the extent to which the dominant (medical) culture should tolerate non-dominant health practices such as homeopathy. This requires a sophisticated understanding of the placebo effect, a critical evaluation of what evidence is available, a consideration of the harm that the non-dominant practice might cause, and a consideration of how this might be affected by the culture of the patient. This is presented as a matter of cultural competence. At a clinical level clinicians need to respect the values and beliefs of their patients and communicate with all the practitioners involved in a patient's care. At a societal level there are a number of factors to be considered when a community decides which practices to tolerate and to what extent.

Author(s): 
Gray, Ben
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Bioeth Inq
Publication Date: 
2017-03
Publication Year: 
2017
Pages: 
87-96
Volume: 
14
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
1176-7529
DOI: 
10.1007/s11673-016-9760-y
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 27975156

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Ben Gray. 2017-03. "How Should We Respond to Non-Dominant Healing Practices, the Example of Homeopathy." Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 14: 1: 87-96. 10.1007/s11673-016-9760-y.

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