Indeed, many traditionally-recognized health professionals are required by their professional bodies to adopt an evidence-based approach, and provincial governments have stated a commitment to such an approach.
MPs are primarily worried about the patient advocacy and liaison service, outlined in the same bill, which they believe could lack independence.
We found this in both media and policy reports. This is especially surprising in the case of Ontario, where there were amendments to legislation. The other provinces do not regulate naturopathy, but some like Alberta await the approval of bills that would do so.
The first was that naturopaths must be allowed to fulfill their traditional role, which requires treating the cause of disease and not merely the symptoms; expanded testing and prescribing rights were alleged to be necessary for this.
They responded by organizing a letter-writing campaign that "described naturopaths as primary care providers, comparable to family physicians, and worthy of the right to prescribe.
CHCs were set up 25 years ago as independent bodies with powers to take up complaints from patients. Many of the treatments recommended in the Textbook for the 70 diseases are not likely to be effective, and treatments proven to be effective are often totally ignored.
Second, this evidence arguably should be required for any treatment that might flow from an expanded scope of practice. While a comprehensive analysis of the efficacy of the most common naturopathic treatments is beyond the scope of the paper, there are reasons to be skeptical about the existence of evidence to support claims of efficacy.
Others suggest that naturopaths are insufficiently trained to provide many forms of care that exceed their traditional activities. The intent was to compile works available to the public. The two factors can be treated quite distinctly. In general, we found little reference to empirical evidence, and claims to evidence that were present in reports were not supported by disclosed sources.
To be fair, there are recognized challenges associated with the collection of evidence in the context of some complementary and alternative practices e. Local government argues that the new scrutiny role will help address the much-vaunted "democratic deficit" in the NHS, while simultaneously giving councils an opportunity to more powerfully represent the views of their communities.
But, at a minimum, these challenges should have been noted, in addition to reasons as to why, in the aggregate, the expansion of scope was nonetheless justified. And this naturopathic approach has been regulated in Ontario for 85 years".
More common were references to the nature of the training received by naturopathic practitioners. Media Reports The media plays an important part in the communication of health policy issues; it both reflects and shapes attitudes about specific controversies and concerns.
M, supra at It is possible that an increase in patient choice in this instance could result in significant safety risks, due to inadequate qualifications and training. These have all been brief, and each was handled within minutes.
Improving Patient Care Policy Reports: Given aforementioned provincial commitments to evidence-based decision-making, one would expect the government to demand clear evidence to counter these perceptions of naturopathic medicine.
Judging by the standards of practice presented in the Textbook, it seems clear that the risks to many sick patients seeking care from the average naturopathy practitioner would far outweigh any possible benefits.
From forward--around the time that discussion of these types of amendments began--there have been only eight mentions of naturopathy in the BC and Ontario legislatures in which arguments for expansion were presented.
It initially suggested granting naturopaths the right to test allergies, to administer remedies by injection, and to partake in "a limited range of laboratory testing," inter alia. Education and Regulation, online:Government proposals to abolish community health councils (CHCs) have proven more controversial than ministers could have imagined.
Labour backbenchers are threatening a rebellion over the proposals, the London Assembly has come out in favour of maintaining CHCs and the health councils themselves are appealing strongly against closure.
The Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales was established in as a statutory body to support Community Health Councils (CHCs) across England and Wales. Its task has been to act as the national voice of the patient and the public in the NHS and to work towards the development of an NHS that treats patients with respect, is sensitive to their feelings and opinions.
This article, in response to the recent report by the Association of Community Health Councils (CHCs) England and Wales ‘Hungry in Hospital’, explores nutrition in the hospitalized patient. Nutrition is instrumental to health and perhaps, more importantly, ill health.
Using data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey we investigated the association of nocturia with subsequent mortality risk. Materials and Methods NHANES III is a national probability survey of the United States between and Community Health News - The CHC News became a forum for CHC members and staff to exchange experiences, information and ideas.
Click on the issue number to download the article. 22Abolition of Community Health Councils in England (1) The Community Health Councils established for districts in England under section 20 of the Act are abolished.
(2) That section shall cease to have effect in its application to the area of any Health Authority established for an area in England and to any Community Health Council established for a district in England.Download