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Convergence between orthodox and alternative medicine: a theoretical elaboration and empirical test

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Bombardieri, DL and Easthope, G, Convergence between orthodox and alternative medicine: a theoretical elaboration and empirical test, Health, 4, (4) pp. 479-494. ISSN 1363-4593 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/136345930000400404

Abstract

The idea that orthodox and alternative medical systems are converging, postulated by Willis (1989), is tested through a survey of general practitioners and interviews with alternative practitioners in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, undertaken in 1997. The results suggest that there is convergence between the practices of both therapeutic modalities evidenced by use of medical diagnostic procedures by alternative practitioners, use of alternative therapies by doctors and cross-referral of patients. However, it is argued, such convergence is only weak and the use of the term complementary, rather than alternative by both doctors and alternative practitioners, allows differences in interests between the two groups to be glossed over. Weak convergence is more compatible with a postmodern society than strong convergence.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Research Field:Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Bombardieri, DL (Ms Deanna Bombardieri)
Author:Easthope, G (Dr Gary Easthope)
ID Code:19436
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2008-09-13
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