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Alternative, Complimentary or Orthodox: What is real medicine?

Alternative, Complimentary or Orthodox: What is real medicine?
Alternative, Complimentary or Orthodox: What is real medicine?
The division between orthodox and CAM approaches to musculoskeletal (MSK) problems is blurred. Manipulative medicine and acupuncture are recognized treatment options for some MSK conditions. These therapies are increasingly evidence based with well-defined mechanisms and are provided by a number of registered professional practitioners, whose ethics and practice is overseen and ultimately regulated, by the Professional Standards Authority. Some practitioners may be considered historically as CAM providers (Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Acupuncturists) and some orthodox practitioners (Physiotherapists and Doctors). If both CAM and orthodox practitioners are providing the same therapies for the same conditions, we believe that this represents good evidence based medical practice. Consequently in this situation, the historical and artificial boundaries between CAM and orthodox medicine cease to be meaningful either clinically or ethically. We should reasonably assume that CAM and orthodox practitioners, in this context, are practicing ethically.
2052-5648
Newell, Dave
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Lewith, George
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Newell, Dave
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Lewith, George
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Newell, Dave and Lewith, George (2016) Alternative, Complimentary or Orthodox: What is real medicine? European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 4 (3). (doi:10.5750/ejpch.v4i3.1131).

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Abstract

The division between orthodox and CAM approaches to musculoskeletal (MSK) problems is blurred. Manipulative medicine and acupuncture are recognized treatment options for some MSK conditions. These therapies are increasingly evidence based with well-defined mechanisms and are provided by a number of registered professional practitioners, whose ethics and practice is overseen and ultimately regulated, by the Professional Standards Authority. Some practitioners may be considered historically as CAM providers (Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Acupuncturists) and some orthodox practitioners (Physiotherapists and Doctors). If both CAM and orthodox practitioners are providing the same therapies for the same conditions, we believe that this represents good evidence based medical practice. Consequently in this situation, the historical and artificial boundaries between CAM and orthodox medicine cease to be meaningful either clinically or ethically. We should reasonably assume that CAM and orthodox practitioners, in this context, are practicing ethically.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 April 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 29 September 2016
Published date: 2016

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Local EPrints ID: 416543
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416543
ISSN: 2052-5648
PURE UUID: bc9346aa-d47d-4288-8803-a0a2a87610c5
ORCID for Dave Newell: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1462-3586

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Date deposited: 21 Dec 2017 17:30
Last modified: 13 Jun 2019 00:24

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Author: Dave Newell ORCID iD
Author: George Lewith

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