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No alternative? The regulation and professionalization of complementary and alternative medicine in the United Kingdom

Clarke, David B., Doel, Marcus A. and Segrott, Jeremy 2004. No alternative? The regulation and professionalization of complementary and alternative medicine in the United Kingdom. Health & Place 10 (4) , pp. 329-338. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2004.08.001

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In conjunction with its growing popularity, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the United Kingdom has witnessed increasing professionalization, partly prompted by the landmark Parliamentary Inquiry that reported in November 2000. Professionalization has become a significant strategy for practitioner associations and a key focus for the government, media, and patient groups. It is being driven by concern over the interests of patients and consumers, and in relation to the possible integration of certain forms of CAM into publicly funded healthcare. It is, moreover, being reconfigured in explicitly national terms. This paper draws on research into practitioner associations representing nine CAM modalities in the UK—aromatherapy, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, crystal healing, feng shui, ‘lay’ homeopathy, medical homeopathy, osteopathy, and Radionics—, examining the recent wave of professionalization in relation to Foucault's concern with ‘techniques of the self.’ It highlights the contrasting experience of an association of Chinese herbalists seeking statutory self-regulation (SSR) and an association of chiropractors that was instrumental in securing SSR for chiropractic.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine; Statutory self-regulation; Professionalization; Chinese herbal medicine; Chiropractic; Associations; Nationalization
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1353-8292
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:16

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