The problem of complementary and alternative medicine use today: eyes half closed?

MacArtney, John I. and Wahlberg, Ayo (2014) The problem of complementary and alternative medicine use today: eyes half closed?. Qualitative Health Research, 24 1: 114-123. doi:10.1177/1049732313518977


Author MacArtney, John I.
Wahlberg, Ayo
Title The problem of complementary and alternative medicine use today: eyes half closed?
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
1552-7557
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732313518977
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 114
End page 123
Total pages 10
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Commentators such as Goldacre, Dawkins, and Singh and Ernst are worried that the rise in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) represents a flight from science propagated by enemies of reason. We outline what kind of problem CAM use is for these commentators, and find that users of CAM have been constituted as duped, ignorant, irrational, or immoral in explaining CAM use. However, this form of problematization can be described as a flight from social science. We explore CAM use in light of a rigorous and robust social scientific body of knowledge about how individuals engage with CAM. By pointing to the push and pull factors, CAM user’s experiences of their body, and the problem of patient choice in CAM use, we summarize some of the key findings made by social scientists and show how they trouble many of the reasoned assumptions about CAM use.
Keyword Evidence-based practice
Health care, alternative and complementary
Knowledge utilization
Meta-analysis
Research, mixed methods
Sociology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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