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Guidelines on Developing Consumer Information on Proper Use of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(2004; 109 pages) Ver el documento en el formato PDF
The use of traditional medicine (TM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has increased significantly over the past few years. However, as recent reports have shown, in addition to the many benefits there are also risks associated with the different types of TM/CAM. Although consumers today have widespread access to various TM/CAM treatments and therapies, they often do not have enough information on what to know or check when using TM/CAM in order to avoid unnecessary harm.
In this context, it is therefore necessary to develop information to meet the needs of consumers. These Guidelines will provide governments and other stakeholders involved in the development of consumer information with an overview of the general principles and activities necessary for the development of reliable consumer information. The document will also be a useful reference to consumers in guiding them on the information they need to have in order to choose a TM/CAM therapy that is safe and effective.
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Ver el documentoAcknowledgements
Ver el documentoForeword
Ver el documentoPreface
Ver el documentoGlossary
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido1. General Considerations
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido2. Development of Consumer Information
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido3. General Principles and Activities for Ensuring Reliable TM/CAM Information
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido4. Topics to Consider when Developing Consumer Information Promoting Proper Use of TM/CAM
Ver el documento5. Use of this Publication
Ver el documentoReferences
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenidoAnnexes
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Guidelines on Developing Consumer Information on Proper Use of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine

January 2004

WHO Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data

World Health Organization.

WHO guidelines on developing consumer information on proper use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine.

1. Complementary therapies - utilization 2. Complementary therapies - adverse effects 3. Medicine, Traditional 4. Consumer advocacy - standards 5. Guidelines I. Title.

ISBN 92 4 159170 6

(NLM classification: WB 890)

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