Special Issue "Complementary and Integrative Medicine"
A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1648-9144).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2019).
Complementary medicine, which includes a range of self-directed and practitioner-directed health practices (e.g., meditation and yoga, chiropractics, naturopathy) and products (e.g., herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional supplements), forms an increasingly significant component of the contemporary health sector in many countries. Combining complementary and conventional medical approaches to health care (also called integrative medicine) is also increasingly common. Complementary medicine is somewhat unique among recognized health specializations in that its definition is based solely on exclusion, rather than on a set of unified professional traits. It is a field of tremendous heterogeneity, encompassing evidence-based yet hitherto non-adopted treatments performed by licensed and qualified practitioners, to fringe, unorthodox and non-scientific therapies that are performed by unqualified and sometimes unscrupulous practitioners. Complementary and integrative medicine is also unique in that it is one of the truly patient-driven phenomena of health care, with significant and growing utilization often occurring despite barriers to its incorporation in more readily accessible generic health systems. This can be the result of cultural factors (such as the high use of traditional medicines in communities where those traditions are indigenous) as well as social factors (such as the push and pull factors associated with patient desire for more holistic and patient-focused care). In addition to questions of evidence and efficacy, the high utilization and presence of traditional and complementary medicine also has direct relevance for diverse research fields such as public health (e.g., does higher complementary medicine use place the public at risk of harm), policy (e.g., can—or should—complementary medicines be incorporated into regulatory regimes), and sociology (e.g., what drives people to use complementary medicine even when conventional medicine is freely accessible). In light of the growing utilization and presence of complementary and integrative medicine globally there is a need for multi-disciplinary, critical and rigorous examination of complementary and integrative medicine. This Special Issue aims to examine complementary and integrative medicine from a variety of different disciplinary experiences. By inviting submissions from multiple research fields, this Special Issue will cast a critical eye on the field of complementary and integrative medicine.
Dr. Jon Wardle
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- complementary medicine
- traditional medicine
- integrative medicine
- public health
- patient-centered care
- health behaviors