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Does a doctor have a duty to provide information and advice about complementary and alternative medicine?
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PMID:  12649999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It is argued that a doctor has a duty to provide information about reasonably available complementary and alternative medicine treatments where that information would be material to the particular patient or the hypothetical prudent patient. Given the vast array of such treatments available, doctors will want to rely on evidence-based medicine problem-solving skills to ascertain those treatments that are safe and efficacious. While the risk of litigation for failure to provide such information is probably low at this time, given the high rate of patient self-prescribing, it is necessary for a doctor to open a dialogue with a patient about complementary and alternative medicine to address safety concerns. In addition, it is important to facilitate access to the best of conventional and complementary treatments to ensure better health outcomes for the patient.
Elizabeth Brophy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of law and medicine     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1320-159X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Law Med     Publication Date:  2003 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-24     Completed Date:  2003-05-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9431853     Medline TA:  J Law Med     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  271-84     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Complementary Therapies / legislation & jurisprudence*,  standards
Counseling / legislation & jurisprudence
Decision Making
Evidence-Based Medicine*
Information Dissemination / ethics*,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Informed Consent / ethics*,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Moral Obligations*
Patient Education as Topic / ethics*,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Patient Participation
Patient Rights / legislation & jurisprudence
Physician's Role
Physician-Patient Relations
Societies, Medical

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