Legal and Risk Management Issues in Complementary and Alternative Medicne

Part of the Biomedical Ethics Reviews book series (BER)


The integration of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies such as acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, chiropractic, herbal medicine, massage therapy, and “mind—body” therapies into conventional health care raises important legal and risk management issues for physicians. These include day-to-day questions about how to respond to patient requests for CAM therapies, especially when clinicians disagree with patients on the safety and effectiveness of such care, or when potential adverse interactions with conventional medication are not known or well understood.


Integrative Care Conventional Care Medical Malpractice Health Care Practice Medical Evidence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard Medical School Osher Institute and Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Alternative Medical TherapiesHarvard Medical SchoolUSA

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