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Description

This course, Issues in complementary and alternative medicine, explores the following three key areas: 'Why people use complementary and alternative medicine', 'Critical issues in the therapeutic relationship' and 'Ethics in complementary and alternative medicine'.

Introduction

The stresses of modern living take their toll in terms of our health. This unit is formed from three extracts. The first extract is called ‘Understanding why people use complementary and alternative medicine'. This part discusses the meaning of health, its origins in terms of components and beliefs. Also, models of health care delivery are discussed together with concepts and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicine. Extract two 'Critical issues in the therapeutic relationship' examine: users’ experiences, changing notions of the relationship and issues surrounding the therapeutic relationship. The last extract 'Ethics in complementary and alternative medicine' is about: ethics in health care relationships and ethical behavior. Ethical practice and accountability are also discussed in terms of professional bodies and individual practitioners’. This extract ends with the key ethical issues which are important for complementary and alternative medicine practitioners. Why are so many people now turning to complementary and alternative medicine and why do approaches to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) raise such controversy?

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Understand the diversity of values associated with the use and provision of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and explore some of the legal and ethical issues associated with CAM use;
  • Reflect upon and critically evaluate personal and lived experiences of health in relation to CAM;
  • Relate ethics and values to your own personal situation and to that of others within a given case study or scenario;
  • Analyze some of the theoretical and professional rationales relating to allopathic and complementary health modalities.

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • What is health? 00:20:00
    • Reviewing the research: how people understand ‘health’ 00:30:00
    • Components and origins of health beliefs 00:15:00
    • Influences on health and illness behaviour 00:40:00
    • Models of health care delivery 00:20:00
    • Models of health care delivery: the biomedical model 00:40:00
    • Models of health care delivery: the biopsychosocial model 00:30:00
    • Models of health care delivery: the salutogenic model 00:10:00
    • Models of health care delivery: alternative or holistic models 00:20:00
    • Concepts of healing: philosophies underpinning CAM practice 01:00:00
    • Researching health beliefs and CAM users’ expectations 00:40:00
    • The Conclusion to Extract 1 00:30:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • Users’ experiences of the therapeutic relationship 00:20:00
    • Changing notions of the therapeutic relationship and responsibility 00:20:00
    • Patients and therapeutic responsibility 00:30:00
    • Responsibility for the causes of ill health 00:10:00
    • CAM and the ‘tyranny of health’ 00:10:00
    • Ownership, control and ideas about the body 00:20:00
    • Reductionizm and ‘ownership’ of the body 00:20:00
    • Holism and ideas about the body 00:30:00
    • How CAM therapists impose their views on users 00:10:00
    • The therapeutic relationship as a placebo 00:20:00
    • The failure of CAM therapeutic relationships 00:20:00
    • The failure of CAM therapeutic relationships: breach of boundaries 00:05:00
    • The failure of CAM therapeutic relationships: wounded healers 00:10:00
    • The failure of CAM therapeutic relationships: creating dependency to satisfy practitioners’ emotional and financial needs 00:20:00
    • The failure of CAM therapeutic relationships: sexual abuse and exploitation 00:20:00
    • The failure of CAM therapeutic relationships: complaints 00:20:00
    • The future of the therapeutic relationship 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • Ethics and health care relationships 01:00:00
    • Why ethical behaviour is central to the health care relationship 00:20:00
    • Myths about ethics 01:00:00
    • The principles underlying ethical practice 00:30:00
    • Ethical practice and accountability: the role and function of professional bodies 00:20:00
    • Ethical practice and accountability: individual practitioners’ responsibilities 00:20:00
    • Acting ethically: tools for analysis 00:20:00
    • Difficulties in applying conventional bioethics to the CAM relationship 00:20:00
    • Key ethical issues for CAM practitioners 01:30:00
    • Key ethical issues for CAM practitioners: maintain professional boundaries 00:40:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00

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