Ethics in Child Health – Chapter 12: Responding to requests for novel/unproven alternative and complementary treatments (ebook)


Chapter 12 of the book – Responding to requests for novel/unproven alternative and complementary treatments

With the advent of two modern developments – the democratization of knowledge through the availability of the Internet, and the expectation of patient engagement in the management of their own conditions – there appears to be an acceleration of requests from consumers for service providers to know about, and perhaps to endorse and support, the use of ‘complementary and alternative’ therapies. In their desire to do the best for their children, parents are often susceptible to the lure of interventions that promise more than they can provide. Hurvitz and Noritz explore these issues thoughtfully and sensitively. They offer sensible and useful ways for service providers to consider the challenges of working openly and honestly with families. To illustrate their approach consideration is given to the challenges associated with a specific contemporary ‘alternative’ therapy that is growing in popularity and complexity.

About the complete book

Have you ever:

  • Wondered how to deal with a family that repeatedly fails to keep clinic appointments?
  • Disagreed with colleagues over a proposed course of treatment for a child?
  • Considered ways to ‘bump’ a child on a waiting to speed up their assessment?

These are a few of the scenarios faced by clinicians in neurodisability on a daily basis. Ethics in Child Health explores the ethical dimensions of these issues that have either been ignored or not recognised. Each chapter is built around a scenario familiar to clinicians and is discussed with respect to how ethical principles can be utilised to inform decision-making. Useful ‘Themes for Discussion’ are provided at the end of each chapter to help professionals and students develop practical ethical thinking. Ethics in Child Health offers a set of principles that clinicians, social workers and policy-makers can utilise in their respective spheres of influence.


Readership: clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals,  and health policy makers.

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