Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Challenge and Change

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Medical - 259 pages
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The rapid growth of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) demands that the public, the medical world, social scientists, the media, and governments pay attention. People are questioning the limits of what modern medicine can accomplish and seeking additional ways to manage their health. While many are enthusiastically adopting complementary and alternative forms of medicine, others are more sceptical. Physicians' attitudes are in transition, and governments are pondering where this increasingly important phenomenon fits into the health care system. The challenge is to keep pace with the changing ways that people view health and illness, take reposibility for themselves, and incorporate CAM into their health care.

This text brings together for  the first time a wide range of leading North American and European social scientists to identify who uses CAM, why they use it, and how they find out about it. Presenting research from psychology, sociology, anthropology and public health, they alert us to the current context of CAM use and provide new models and techniques for understanding its future place in health care.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Why CAM Now?
25
Conceptions of the Body in CAM
39
Reasons for Using CAM
61
The Therapeutic Relationship Under Fire
79
Use and Availability of CAM
99
Changes in Characteristics of CAM Users Over Time
115
The Diffusion
131
6 Reconceptualising the dependent variable of health
190
Incorporating Symbolic Experiential and Social Realities
195
1 Conceptual model for evaluation
205
The Future of CAM
209
Chapter 14
211
Professionalization Politics and CAM
223
Research as a Tool Behaviour for Integrative Health
239
1 Determinants of use at the individual interpersonal
248

Researching CAM
163
3 Percentage of individuals using different advisors
184

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