eBook Primary Health Care And Complementary And Integrative Medicine: Practice And Research, 1st Edition

  • Published By: Imperial College Press
  • ISBN-10: 1848169787
  • ISBN-13: 9781848169784
  • DDC: 616
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) has become big business. Alongside the increased consumption of complementary medicine and the swelling numbers of complementary health practitioners has emerged a growing interest in these medicines and therapies from within the ranks of conventional primary health care. At the level of practice and beyond, a culture of confrontation and antagonism has begun to be replaced by a focus upon potential integration, collaboration and common ground.With these significant developments in mind, this ground-breaking book is a valuable and timely addition to the CIM and primary health care research literature. The collection outlines the core issues, challenges and opportunities facing the CIM-primary health care interface and its study and will provide insight and inspiration for those practising, studying and researching the contemporary relations between CIM and primary health care.The book is the first to be authored by leading international CIM-primary health care researchers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, including health social science, statistics, qualitative methodology, general practice, clinical trials design, clinical pharmacology, health services research and public health. All contributors are active CIM-primary health care researchers and their extensive research and practice experience helps lend a unique immediacy and richness to the contributions and collection.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Notes on Contributors.
1: Patients, Illness and Disease: CIM Use and Its Context in Primary Health Care.
2: Primary Health Care, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Women's Health: A Focus upon Menopause.
3: Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Aging and Chronic Illness: Towards an Interprofessional Approach in Primary Health Care.
4: Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Skin Disease in General Practice.
5: Practitioners and the Professional CIM Interface.
6: Naturopaths: Their Role in Primary Health Care Delivery.
7: Linking Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Traditional Medicine and Primary Health Care: The Role of Local Health Traditions in Promoting Health Security.
8: Examining the Relationship between Complementary and Integrative Medicine and Rural General Practice: A Focus upon Health Services Research.
9: (Just) Who Is the Expert? The Ambiguity of Expertise in Over-the-Counter CAM Purchasing: An Ethnographic Study of UK Community Pharmacies and Health Shops.
10: Conceptualising Integrative Medicine in Primary Health Care: Experience and Challenges.
11: Integrating Complementary Medicine in Primary Health Care as a Response to Contemporary Challenges: A Focus upon Effectiveness Gaps and Self-Care.
12: Exploring a Model of Integrative Medicine: A Case Study in Swedish Primary Health Care.
13: Integration in Primary Health Care: A Focus upon Practice and Education and the Importance of a Critical Social Science Perspective.