October 10th, 2011

Open communication valuable in weighing alternative medicine requests

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Scenario: How should physicians respond to patients who want to substitute alternative therapies for traditional treatment? The ethics of approaching patient requests for complementary and alternative medicine is the ethics of good medicineā€¦Our research published in Medical Care in 2010 suggests that physicians' judgments about alternative medicines may be hasty and biased due to lack of familiarity or perceived plausibility of a given therapy. --Jon C. Tilburt, MD, assistant professor of biomedical ethics and medicine, Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

American Medical News, 10/10/11

Tags: Complementary/Alternative Medicine

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