Regulation & Professionalisation in Complementary & Alternative Medicine

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR PROPOSED EDITED VOLUME

REGULATION AND PROFESSIONALISATION IN COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE:
LESSONS FROM THE PAST - CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE

DR NICOLA GALE, SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND POPULATION SCIENCES &

PROFESSOR JEAN McHALE, SCHOOL OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

This edited collection addresses regulation and professionalization in complementary and alternative medicine, past, present and future. It is intended that this should be much more than a standard edited collection, that the chapters will work together to provide the first major comprehensive historical, comparative and policy based examination of the area.

The book draws upon the work of scholars across a broad range of disciplines to interrogate the discourse and policies around professionalization and regulation in this area. It will be a volume of interest to regulators, health professionals, medical sociologists, health lawyers, patients and NHS managers.  Leading scholars confirmed as contributors include Professor Mike Saks, Professor Julie Stone, Professor John Harrington, Professor Angus Dawson, Sarah Cant, Dr Ayo Wahlberg and Dr Roberta Bivins.

The provision and use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (usually referred to as CAM) has been growing in the UK and other industrialized nations over the last 40 years. CAMs include traditional medical practices, such as acupuncture and Ayurveda, complementary practices such as aromatherapy or massage, and alternative medical systems, such as osteopathy or homeopathy.

However, seeking alternatives to conventional Western medical treatment is not a 'new' phenomenon, but has a rich history characterized by scientific dispute, professional rivalries, patients' values and patients' experiences of illness and healing.  The value assigned to different forms of knowledge about health and healing is mediated by cross-cultural tension and social power.  In recent years, certain areas of CAM have received enhanced public recognition through increased professionalised models and regulatory structures, and greater inclusion in both insurance-based and public healthcare systems.

Areas that the volume will cover include, but are not limited to:

*         Perceived and actual benefits and challenges of regulation and professionalization for different stakeholders.

*         External drivers for regulation and professionalization, including state concerns with the precautionary principle and regulation of risk and the role of cross-state organisations such as the EU.

*         Ethical dilemmas in the provision and regulation of CAM

*         Patient perspectives - consumerism, risk, public protection and other discourses.

*         Comparative pieces on legal or social/institutional approaches to CAM

We invite proposed contributions to this volume, including theoretical explorations, historical research, contemporary empirical research, and explorations from a legal, policy or practice perspective.  In addition, we strongly encourage international comparative perspectives.

Please can potential contributors provide us with an indication of possible titles and indicative content for consideration by 1st February 2012.  Informal enquiries are encouraged.

Professor Jean V McHale        e:
j.v.mchale@bham.ac.uk
Dr Nicola K Gale                     e:
n.gale@bham.ac.uk or t: 00 44 (0) 121 414 9089

Dr Nicola K Gale | Research Fellow in Medical Sociology
Primary Care Clinical Sciences, School of Health and Population Sciences
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

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