`It has particular appeal for health-care professionals and managers with an interest in corporate and clinical governance' - British Journal of Perioperative Nursing In recent years the health professions have been subject to unprecedented regulatory changes. Exposure of poor practice provoked widespread criticism of self-regulation and calls for a system in which the interests of health care consumers and employers are more fully recognized. Examining the historical and contemporary context, Regulating the Health Professions provides an in-depth analysis of professional self-regulation and the implications of regulatory change for the future of health care. Part One sets out general regulatory issues in the healthcare arena with chapters covering the impact of globalization on the professions, the purpose of professional regulation, the legal context of regulation and the significance of professional codes of ethics. In Part Two, issues specific to the different professions are explored through chapters on medicine, nursing, dentistry, the professions allied to medicine, clinical psychology and alternative medicine. This extremely topical book will be of interest to students, educators and researchers in a wide range of disciplines including sociology, social policy, politics and health studies, and to healthcare professionals and their managers.

Professionalization, Regulation and Alternative Medicine

Professionalization, Regulation and Alternative Medicine

Professionalization, regulation and alternative medicine

The field of alternative medicine in the United Kingdom covers a wide variety of therapies. These range from herbalism and reflexology to aromatherapy and massage and have been defined in a number of ways in the literature – including as ‘complementary’, ‘holistic’, ‘natural’ and ‘traditional’ therapies. However, each of these definitions has its drawbacks as some therapies are underpinned by theories that conflict with orthodox medicine (for instance, homoeopathy); others can be very mechanistic (such as osteopathy); still others are certainly not natural (like acupuncture); and many are of modern origin (for example, biofeedback). The definition preferred here is that of ‘alternative’ medicine, which is based not so much on the substantive content of such therapies, ...

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