Advising Patients and Communicating About Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Part of the Biomedical Ethics Reviews book series (BER)


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a broad domain of resources that encompasses health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period (2). Other terms sometimes used to describe these health care practices include natural medicine, nonconventional medicine, and holistic medicine (3). The widespread use of CAM therapies has been steadily increasing over the past few decades, yet there are few clear guidelines on how physicians should be advising patients about their use.


Alternative Medicine Conventional Medicine Integrative Medicine Alternative Medical Therapy Altern Ther Health 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Integrative MedicineUniversity of New Mexico’s (UNM) Health Science CenterNew Mexico
  2. 2.University of WashingtonWashington

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