By Julie Stone
As starting to be numbers of sufferers flip to complementary and replacement drugs (CAM), the focal point of awareness has mostly been on even if those cures paintings and whether or not they are secure. those questions are vital to additional integration of CAM with orthodox medication. yet within the absence of formal rules, it truly is both severe to think about the moral dimensions of the CAM healing encounter.In this publication, Julie Stone demonstrates that moral matters aren't any much less proper to CAM therapists than they're to medical professionals or the other workforce of overall healthiness execs. She offers CAM therapists with a close framework of the explicit moral concerns which have an effect on CAM perform to assist practitioners imagine constructively approximately how ethics underpin their healing work.An moral Framework for Complementary and substitute Therapists encourages serious and reflective perform, indicates sensible difficulties to universal difficulties, comprises illustrative eventualities of moral dilemmas confronted by means of therapists and summarises key issues. This well timed booklet bargains a complete consultant to this significant quarter. Its difficult conclusions are as appropriate to skilled practitioners as to scholars and newly certified therapists. This ebook also will curiosity coverage makers our bodies attracted to strengthening and embellishing CAM's strength.
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The essence of these principles is to remind practitioners that good practice demands attention to the ethical component of the therapeutic encounter. Making ethical decisions requires practitioners to be familiar with ethical theory and to acquire the skills of critical reflection to be able to apply theory to practice. 36 W H AT D O W E M E A N B Y ‘ E T H I C S ’ ? Principle one Ethics is not solely about rare dramatic conflicts. It concerns all aspects of the therapeutic encounter, including the practitioner’s competence, boundaries between the practitioner and patient, the patient’s right to make decisions based on informed choices, respect for the patient’s culture and values, and confidentiality.
However, governments which have previously adopted a laissez-faire approach towards CAM may feel compelled to take a more interventionist stance if new trends emerge. These might include evidence showing that patients are being harmed by CAM, CAM expanding beyond its present boundaries and offering a viable alternative to seriously ill patients, or CAM growing to such an extent that it becomes a significant economic threat to drug-based conventional medicine. What is the current political state of play?
This book will consider the ethical implications for CAM at this time of political flux. The ethical basis of the patient/practitioner relationship must 27 I N T RO D U C T I O N be seen as being at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. Whilst political and regulatory forces change from one year to the next, the fundamental responsibility to benefit and not harm has remained the cornerstone of therapeutic practice for thousands of years and remains the basis of all forms of medicine in the new millennium.
An Ethical Framework for Complementary and Alternative Therapists by Julie Stone