Complementary medicine: ethics

Background Paper

Published 13/05/2014



This paper looks at some of the issues raised by the use of complementary and alternative medicines in the UK. It outlines some of the policy, regulatory and legal issues raised by this area of medicine, including ethical considerations relating to patient autonomy and consent, the doctor-patient relationship, paternalism, fairness and the proper use of public resources.



Anna Wilkinson

Research Officer

Anna undertakes research to support the Council’s work and contributes to the drafting of reports. Before joining the Council Anna worked on medical ethics at the General Medical Council and prior to that has worked in research and policy roles in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the think tank Demos.