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You just got to eat healthy: the topic of CAM in the general practice consultation

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posted on 23.07.2020 by Kevin Dew, E Plumridge, M Stubbe, T Dowell, L Macdonald, G Major
New Zealand research suggests that CAM use by GPs has decreased, while referral to CAM practitioners by GPs has increased, and that patients often do not tell their health practitioners when they are using CAM. The New Zealand Medical Council has developed guidelines for GPs who use CAM. However, there is no research in New Zealand that looks at how patients and GPs respond to CAM issues in the consultation. This paper uses data collected for two research projects on doctor-patient interaction. For this research, consultations between 105 patients and nine GPs were video-recorded. In this data set, all doctors but one were 'orthodox' and to some degree reserved judgement on CAM, albeit remaining cautious in how they made this evident. Patients on the other hand demonstrated a variety of strategies to get CAM on the agenda, and GPs were careful to couch any criticism in such a way as to protect the 'face' of patients.

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Dew, K., Plumridge, E., Stubbe, M., Dowell, T., Macdonald, L. & Major, G. (2008). You just got to eat healthy: the topic of CAM in the general practice consultation. Health Sociology Review, 17(4), 396-409. https://doi.org/10.5172/hesr.451.17.4.396

Journal title

Health Sociology Review

Volume

17

Issue

4

Publication date

01/01/2008

Pagination

396-409

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

17/12/2014

ISSN

1446-1242

eISSN

1839-3551

Language

en

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