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The Ethics of Using Alternative Therapies in HIV/AIDS

The Ethics of Using Alternative Therapies in HIV/AIDS The use of alternative treatment modalities by persons with HIV/AIDS poses many ethical problems. Because the medical community and the AIDS community have differing opinions about alternative therapies, patients and physicians can have difficulty deciding exactly how they ought to deal with alternative treatments. On one hand, many doctors feel that all alternative treatments are either examples of the placebo effect or that they are fraudulent. On the other hand, there are patients who feel that no alternative treatments are beyond reason, and that most of these therapies are better than traditional medical therapies. Because of such widely differing opinions, the therapeutic alliance between physician and patient can be greatly strained. This strain has its roots in the power struggle between physicians and patients. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AIDS Patient Care Mary Ann Liebert

The Ethics of Using Alternative Therapies in HIV/AIDS

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 9 (4) – Aug 1, 1995

The Ethics of Using Alternative Therapies in HIV/AIDS

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 9 (4) – Aug 1, 1995

Abstract

The use of alternative treatment modalities by persons with HIV/AIDS poses many ethical problems. Because the medical community and the AIDS community have differing opinions about alternative therapies, patients and physicians can have difficulty deciding exactly how they ought to deal with alternative treatments. On one hand, many doctors feel that all alternative treatments are either examples of the placebo effect or that they are fraudulent. On the other hand, there are patients who feel that no alternative treatments are beyond reason, and that most of these therapies are better than traditional medical therapies. Because of such widely differing opinions, the therapeutic alliance between physician and patient can be greatly strained. This strain has its roots in the power struggle between physicians and patients.

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Mary Ann Liebert
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Copyright 1995 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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0893-5068
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1557-7449
DOI
10.1089/apc.1995.9.175
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Abstract

The use of alternative treatment modalities by persons with HIV/AIDS poses many ethical problems. Because the medical community and the AIDS community have differing opinions about alternative therapies, patients and physicians can have difficulty deciding exactly how they ought to deal with alternative treatments. On one hand, many doctors feel that all alternative treatments are either examples of the placebo effect or that they are fraudulent. On the other hand, there are patients who feel that no alternative treatments are beyond reason, and that most of these therapies are better than traditional medical therapies. Because of such widely differing opinions, the therapeutic alliance between physician and patient can be greatly strained. This strain has its roots in the power struggle between physicians and patients.

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AIDS Patient CareMary Ann Liebert

Published: Aug 1, 1995

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