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Ethical Issues Associated with CAM Use Among the Elderly

  • P. Komesaroff
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Abstract

The therapeutic use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and the conduct of research into them raise a wide range of social and ethical issues. These issues, which have a special intensity in the case of elderly populations, concern the balance of benefits and harms associated with the practices, the extent to which consent can validly be given when evidence for efficacy and safety is lacking, the responsibility of the community as a whole to protect vulnerable people, and the lessons to be learnt by conventional medicine from the popularity of complementary therapies.

Keywords

Elderly People Alternative Medicine Complementary Medicine Conventional Medicine Complementary Therapy 
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