The benefits of using unconventional therapies to promote health and restore well-being are still questionable. It remains unclear to what extent current trends are being driven by patients' own convictions as to which treatments are effective or helpful, by the evidence of scientific research, misleading marketing campaigns or dissatisfaction with options offered by conventional medicine. The project looked at key areas of the debate and experts were invited to provide input on differing aspects of the committee's work. From an overview of research done by different working parties, the committee strongly recommends the following. That those parties determining the availability, acceptance or delivery of healthcare treatments in the future, particularly in regard to unconventional medicine, should ensure that the patients interests are respected. Existing procedures for the validation of practice within medicine should also apply to unconventional healthcare options. New therapies should not be practised without the support of high quality research evidence.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18420 EN (1998) 118pp.
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ISBN: ISBN 92-828-4672-5
Record Number: 199910555 / Last updated on: 1999-04-01
Original language: en
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