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Abstract

Unconventional medicine is a subject of great complexity and fluidity. 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. This project looked at key areas of the debate and experts were invited to provide input on differing aspects of the committees work. The report presents an overview of principal findings of the different working parties.

The management committee strongly recommends that those 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 practiced without the support of high quality research evidence. .

Additional information

Authors: MONCKTON J ET AL (EDITORS), DG Research
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18420 EN (1999), pp. 115. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from Documentation service DG Research. Fax: +32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-6350-6
Record Number: 200113806 / Last updated on: 2001-10-04
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en