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Complementary medicine--the case for dialogue.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8912278     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Complementary medicine (CM) is popular with patients but physicians do not feel at ease with this situation and some fear that the patient might be the loser. Their fear is based on the perception that some CM practitioners have dubious qualifications and competence and that too little is known about the efficacy and safety of many complementary therapies. It follows that, in the interest of the patient and all other parties involved, we urgently need more and better research to fill the void. Integration of complementary medicine into mainstream care requires a minimum of essential evidence. As in all areas of medicine, there can be no short cut to rigorous research.
E Ernst; T J Kaptchuk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0035-8819     ISO Abbreviation:  J R Coll Physicians Lond     Publication Date:    1996 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-24     Completed Date:  1997-03-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503108     Medline TA:  J R Coll Physicians Lond     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  410-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Postgraduate Medical School, University of Exeter.
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MeSH Terms
Complementary Therapies / education,  legislation & jurisprudence,  standards*
Great Britain
Interprofessional Relations
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Professional Competence / standards
Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
Risk Assessment
Treatment Outcome
Comment In:
J R Coll Physicians Lond. 1996 Sep-Oct;30(5):406-9   [PMID:  8912277 ]

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