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Report on the regulation of practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine in Ireland.
O'Sullivan, Tim
This report has been written in the context of this interest and in response to a request from the Department of Health and Children. It follows a Forum on regulatory issues that was held at the IPA in June 2001 and attended by many CAM practitioners. The Minister for Health and Children asked the Institute to build on the discussions at the Forum by preparing a report on possible options in the regulation of CAM practitioners in Ireland. The focus of the report is on regulatory and policy issues in general. It is not within the Institute's competence or brief to comment on more specific clinical or technical issues. CAM therapies are extremely varied and complex and are practised by a very wide range of practitioners so it would be very difficult to find a totally satisfactory, allencompassing definition. Paragraph 1.2 sets out various current definitions. A short questionnaire was sent in July to those who participated in the Forum and to other interested parties (particularly CAM practitioners and associations) that requested it. The comments made at the Forum or in response to the questionnaires/submissions do not constitute a representative national sample of the views of CAM practitioners in Ireland. It would not have been possible for the Institute, in the existing state of knowledge in Ireland, to carry out such a survey. No national statistics exist on the numbers of CAM practitioners in Ireland or on the associations that represent them. The IPA study nevertheless gives the views of a significant number of CAM practitioners and of associations that represent or regulate them. Over one hundred individuals and/or associations participated in the Forum and forty-four replied to the questionnaires/made submissions. While these numbers are relatively small in relation to the possible overall number of CAM practitioners in Ireland, it may be noted that these responses incorporate the views of several associations which themselves represent many practitioners.
Publication Date:
Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Health Development Services Unit
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Institute of Public Administration (IPA) (2002). Report on the regulation of practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine in Ireland. Dublin. Institute of Public Administration (IPA). Dubli
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