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No obligation to report adverse effects in British complementary and alternative medicine: evidence for double standards
  1. K J Hunt,
  2. E Ernst
  1. Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, Exeter, UK
  1. Correspondence to Katherine J Hunt, Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, 25 Victoria Park Road, Exeter EX2 4NT, UK; katherine.hunt{at}pms.ac.uk

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There is increasing emphasis on adverse effect reporting in healthcare,1 yet this ethos does not extend to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Although there is a common belief that CAM is devoid of risk, the innumerable published case reports of adverse effects from most CAMs suggest that this is not the case.2–5

To investigate whether CAM professional bodies oblige their members to report adverse effects, we examined the codes of conduct by which CAM practitioners are bound. We found that despite obligations being …

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