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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2013 Jul;22(3):493-507, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2013.03.005. Epub 2013 May 17.

Complementary and alternative medicine in child and adolescent psychiatry: legal considerations.

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The Michael H. Cohen Law Group, 468 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA.


The rising popularity of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in child and adolescent psychiatry raises unique ethical and legal concerns for psychiatrists and other conventional health care providers. This article explores these concerns and provides clinical advice for promoting patient health and safety while minimizing the psychiatrist's risk. Although any departure from the conventional standard of care is a potential risk, the risk of malpractice liability for practicing integrative medicine in child and adolescent psychiatry is low. CAM is most safely recommended from a legal standpoint when there is some published evidence of safety and efficacy.

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