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Pediatrics. 2011 Nov;128 Suppl 4:S193-9. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-2720I.

Hospitals and complementary and alternative medicine: managing responsibilities, risk, and potential liability.

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Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

Patients and families increasingly press hospitals to facilitate provision of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies and products. At the same time, a growing number of hospitals and health care facilities have taken steps to integrate CAM and conventional care. In this article we consider institutional responsibilities when patients/parents use or are considering CAM. We (1) review hospitals' responsibilities to patients and parents, (2) explain how these principles apply in the case of CAM practitioners and products, (3) address institutional responsibilities for different models of service delivery, and (4) highlight issues that should be addressed when developing institutional policies to govern CAM use and propose ways to do so.

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22045863
DOI:
10.1542/peds.2010-2720I
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